Tribute: Gerald Burton Green

Gerald Burton Green was born in London on 16 January 1935. He moved with his parents and younger sister Valerie to Sale, Cheshire, as a small child. After attending Manchester Grammar School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Victoria University of Manchester. He then performed his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. He served in Paris, France and, upon returning to England, was stationed in Colchester, Essex.

It was while in Colchester that Gerry met a young nurse, second lieutenant Kathleen Paul of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. Despite the breach of rules about fraternising between officers and enlisted personnel, they courted, became engaged, and married in Fleet, Hampshire, on 5th September 1959.

The young couple settled in Coventry, Warwickshire, where Gerry found work as a retail pharmacist and all four of his sons were born: Andrew in 1961, Jeremy in 1963, David in 1964 and Robert in 1965. Not long after Robert’s birth, Gerry and Kathie moved to Chelmsford, Essex, after Gerry was hired by McCarthy’s Pharmaceuticals to manage one of their Savory & Moore high street chemist branches in Romford.

A couple of years later, Gerry moved up within Savory & Moore to become their director of marketing. He travelled extensively but was based at Preston Park in Brighton, and so the family moved to the village of Chelwood Gate, East Sussex. In the early 1980s, Guinness acquired Savory & Moore and brought the company under the umbrella of its R. Gordon Drummond subsidiary. Gerry assumed oversight of all the Guinness-owned chemist shops across the UK. 

In the mid-1980s, Gerry and Kathie moved to the village of Forest Row, East Sussex and, a few years later, they opened their own pharmacy/babywear boutique in the nearby town of Uckfield. 

With the boys all grown and gone, Kathie and Gerry retired to Crawley Down, West Sussex, which was closer to their beloved Copthorne Golf Club. In truth, Gerry wasn’t truly retired since he operated a very successful pharmacy consulting business for many years. It was only when his wife Kathie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease that he finally wound down his consultancy and, after a few years in the village of Newick in Sussex, the couple moved to Poole, Dorset, to be closer to their son Jeremy and his family.

Gerry was preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathie in July 2018. He is survived by his son Andrew of Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland; daughter-in-law Joyce; grandchildren Lisa and her husband Garry, Craig and his partner Siobhan, Marcie and her partner Davin, and four great-grandchildren; son Jeremy of Ferndown, Dorset; daughter-in-law Tracey; grandchildren Daniel and his wife Carly, Scott and his wife Katie, and Hannah and her husband Danny, and five great-grandchildren.

Gerry was a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, having first registered as a member in July 1957. He was a frequent editorial contributor to The Pharmaceutical Journal.

Robert Green

Last updated
The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, March 2021, Vol 306, No 7947;306(7947)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2021.1.46741

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