Tribute: Keith Fishwick (1930–2021)

Keith Fishwick died at Salisbury District Hospital, Wiltshire, on 27 November 2021 at the age of 91 years, as a consequence of complications following a fall.

Keith qualified in pharmacy at the University of Manchester in 1952. This followed his naval national service, when a placement as venereology assistant at Plymouth Naval Hospital was deemed to have complemented his imminent pharmaceutical knowledge. After a brief and illuminating spell in retail pharmacy in his native Wigan, Greater Manchester, he was delighted to join Evans Medical at Speke near Liverpool. This was the start of a long, happy and productive career in industrial pharmacy.

His career progressed from Evans Medical to Roche and Rhone-Poulenc (May and Baker) before culminating at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) at Vauxhall, London. He enjoyed being part of a small team on the production floor and was popular with the team working around him. His diligence and work ethic were an asset. He enjoyed the opportunities to travel that his work offered him. He worked for a prolonged period in Pakistan, but also visited Japan, Australia, Nigeria, New Zealand and South Africa in relation to his work. He learnt and became proficient in German as an adult to enhance his career. His particular interest was in sugar coating, but he was knowledgeable in all aspects of industrial pharmacy.

His proudest professional moment was when he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1975.

Keith is survived by his wife Edna, two sons and five grandchildren, one of whom works in industrial pharmacy device development.

John Fishwick

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, December 2021, Vol 307, No 7956;307(7956)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2021.1.118496

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