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The Salvadore
Vol 273 No 7317 p403-404
18 September 2004

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Obituaries & tributes

John Adams William Alcwyn Lewis Helen Jane Tennant
Elizabeth Rait Blair Andrew Moodie McIntosh Thomas Watkin Thomas
James Brennan Huseinali Alarkhia Mawji Geoffrey Thompson
Robert Stephen Card Bernard Mellor Jean Raymond Twiggs
James Eric Day David Ernest Richardson  
Janet Elizabeth Eldridge Bernard George Slater TRIBUTES
Albion Hudson Peter Frederick Spencer Helen Jane Tennant
Naeemullah Khan Alec Jackson Taylor  
Brian Stanley Lake Dorothy Patricia Taylor  

Adams Recently, John Adams, MRPharmS, of 66 Dane Avenue, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4JY. Mr Adams registered in 1937.

Blair On 3 July, Elizabeth Rait Blair, MRPharmS, of Barholm, 231 Glasgow Road,Paisley, Renfrewshire PA1 3JR. Miss Blair registered in 1951.

Brennan On 11 August, James Brennan, FRPharmS, of 2 Church Gate, Red Lane, Shipley,Horsham, West Sussex. Mr Brennan registered in 1943.

Card On 25 August, Robert Stephen Card, MRPharmS, of 22 The Gorse, Bourton-on-the-Water,Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 2EJ. Mr Card registered in 1937.

Day On 23 August, James Eric Day, MRPharmS, of 31 Homespire House, Knotts Lane,Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AB. Mr Day registered in 1933.

Eldridge On 8 June, Janet Elizabeth Eldridge, MRPharmS, of 90 Redhill Drive,Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2HQ. Mrs Eldridge registered in 1975.

Hudson On 10 August, Albion Hudson, MRPharmS, of 9 Wentworth Gate, SpofforthHill, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS22 6XD. Mr Hudson registered in 1940.

Khan On 8 July, Naeemullah Khan, FRPharmS, of PO Box 80085, Mombasa, Kenya. MrKhan registered in 1950.

Lake On 10 September, Brian Stanley Lake, MRPharmS, of 7 Castlemead, Weobley,Herefordshire HR4 8TG. Mr Lake registered in 1962.

Lewis On 5 August, William Alcwyn Lewis, MRPharmS, of 2 Moriah Road, Treboath,Swansea SA5 9BU. Mr Lewis registered in 1934.

McIntosh On 25 June, Andrew Moodie McIntosh, MRPharmS, of c/o Paydens Chemist,15 The Broadway, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2AD. Mr McIntosh registered in 1961.

Mawji On 10 May, Huseinali Alarkhia Mawji, MRPharmS, of 5 Keel Drive, off GreenRoad, Moseley, Birmingham. Mr Mawji registered in 1975.

Mellor On 11 August, Bernard Mellor, MRPharmS, of Adam House, Sapling Close,Penkridge, Stafford. Mr Mellor registered in 1967.

Richardson On 2 June, David Ernest Richardson, MRPharmS, of 4 Hilltop Rise, GreatBookham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT23 4DB. Mr Richardson registered in 1959.

Slater On 21 May, Bernard George Slater, MRPharmS, of 14 Laburnum Way, Holt,Wrexham, Clwyd LL13 9JS. Mr Slater registered in 1948.

Spencer On 5 July, Peter Frederick Spencer, MRPharmS, of 12 Hunsdon, Welwyn GardenCity, Hertfordshire AL7 2PN. Mr Spencer registered in 1958.

Taylor On 31 July, Alec Jackson Taylor, of The Bungalow, 35 Stroyan Street, Burnley,Lancashire BB10 4DP. Mr Taylor registered in 1934 and retired from the registerin 2002. He practised for many years in Burnley.

Taylor In July, Dorothy Patricia Taylor, MRPharmS, of 1 Toller Road, Quorn, Loughborough,Leicestershire LE12 8AH. Mrs Taylor registered in 1971.

Tennant On 31 July, Helen Jane Tennant, MRPharmS, of 50 Alford Grove, Sprowston,Norwich NR7 8XB. Miss Tennant registered in 1993 (see Tribute).

Thomas On 9 August, Thomas Watkin Thomas, FRPharmS, of 12 Birch Grove, Aberdare,Mid Glamorgan CF44 8DD. Mr Thomas registered in 1927. He was made MBE in 1967,when he was group pharmacist for Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth HospitalManagement Committee.

Thompson On 31 August, Geoffrey Thompson, of Rothos, Hawthorn Lane, Pickering,North Yorkshire YO18 7HR. Mr Thompson registered in 1950 and retired from theregister in 2002.

Twiggs On 30 August, Jean Raymond Twiggs, of 2 Birkdale, Newmarket Road, NorwichNR4 6AF. Mrs Twiggs registered in 1952 and retired from the register in 1999.


Tennant In a tribute to the late Helen Jane Tennant (Column 3), STEPHEN BAZIRE, on behalf of the pharmacy service at Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, writes:

Helen Tennant finally lost her two-and-a-half year battle against cancer on Saturday 31 July. The funeral at a packed St George’s Church in Norwich on Friday 6 August was, at her request, a celebration of her life. We tried our best but the shock to her colleagues and friends is still immense.

Although Helen knew several months ago that there was only one outcome, she remained positive and had in fact been in the pharmacy department only the previous weekto receive training on a new computer system — smiling and joking as ever.

Helen studied for her degree in Sunderland, undertook her preregistration trainingat West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, worked as a basic grade at Norwichand Norfolk Hospital and then became pharmacy manager for the mental health servicesin 1995. In 1996 she became pharmacy services manager when the department transferredto Norfolk Mental Health Care Trust. She made the post her own, gaining a uniquedegree of respect from staff, patients and carers alike.

It always seemed ironic that the youngest pharmacist in the department shouldspecialise and take such an interest in psychiatry of old age, although her knowledgewas wide. She was a member of the UK Psychiatric Pharmacists Group, and her lastappearance at the was in 2000 when she presented her winning work on medicationeducation in the elderly for the Bayer Old Age Psychiatry Award. The troublewe had with the research wasthat Helen’s ability to relate to patients was so remarkable that evenjust her attendance at a session was enough to improve people’s attitudetowards medication.

It seems so cruel for this to happen at the tender age of 33. Helen had so muchto give but, more importantly, so much she wanted to give. She was one of theloveliest and genuinely nice people you could ever wish to meet. Nothing wasever too much bother, little visibly upset her and serene efficiency was naturalto her. Even when desperately ill she made it easy for people to see her, makinglight of her illness and remaining upbeat, as usual always thinking of othersrather than herself.

Having informed the trust and pharmacy colleagues, my in-tray has been bulgingwith genuine tributes from across Norfolk and the UK: inspirational, motivating,absolute delight to work with, conscientious, accommodating, an absolutely lovelyperson, friendly, attention to detail, calming influence, instinctively knewwhat was right and wrong, and she made enormous contribution to patient careand this is a shattering loss to the service.

Our thoughts go to Helen’s long-time partner Roger Dye and family, herparents and her other relatives. There is a pharmacy department with a big holein its heart, and a health service the poorer.

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