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11 SEPT 1937 7 MAY 2014
Australian pharmacy lost its best
known champion of pharmacy
history in May with the death of
Geoff joined the Society in 1959 and
was a life member, Fellow and former
He was raised in Perth, Western Australia,
and educated at Bayswater State School
before attending Perth Modern School on
scholarship from 1949-54. He continued
his education at Perth Technical College
School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1958.
In that year, Geoff won the Mayhew
Dispensing Prize and was co-winner of the
Parke Davis Prize, which included a trip to
Sydney. He was registered as a Pharmacist
in February 1959.
Geoff married his wife, Mary, in 1960 and
they went on to have five children, living
for most of their married life in Nedlands
before moving in early 2014 to St Louis
In 1961 Geoff became a partner in
Jacobson's Pharmacy, Claremont and
became the sole proprietor in 1965.
He was elected to the Pharmacy Guild
WA Branch Committee in 1970. In 1972
he was appointed to the Joint Committee
on Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing
Arrangements, a role he continued until
1978. He was Vice President of the WA
Branch of the Guild from 1973--79.
In 1979 he was elected to the
Pharmaceutical Council of Western
Australia and served three terms of three
years each until his retirement in March
1988. He was elected Vice President in
1982 and served as President from
1983--85. Goeff was elected to the
Committee of the WA Branch of the
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in
1988 and was Chairman of the Pharmacy
Historians Committee from 1988. He was
awarded a Life Membership of the
Society in its centenary year, 1992.
Geoff retired from practice in August
1988 and sold the business. In 1990 he
became the pharmacist member of the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration
Tribunal, a position he held for more than
In his retirement, Geoff pursued his
passion for pharmacy history. He
believed that everyone connected with
pharmacy should have knowledge of
the past to guide them into the future.
His was an educator in pharmacy history
at the University of Western Australia
and Curtin University, contributed
history articles to Australian Pharmacist
and spoke regularly at major history
conferences -- often presenting his own
Geoff was instrumental in establishing
the Australian Academy of the History
of Pharmacy in 1996 and was editor and
publisher of its newsletter.
In 1992 Geoff wrote and published a
small book entitled The Apothecary Shop
which was published by the Museum
of Western Australia and sold as a
souvenir in association with an historical
pharmacy exhibition. Following this
project he was appointed curator of the
museum of the Pharmaceutical Society.
Geoff is survived by his wife Mary, their
five children and five grandchildren.
ACT Branch elections
The ACT Branch of the Pharmaceutical
Society of Australia has announced
incoming office bearers.
Canberra community pharmacist and
Chief Executive Officer of Leading
Aged Services Australia (LASA) Patrick
Reid has been elected as the Branch's
The committee is Claire Antrobus,
Elise Apolloni, Gabrielle Cooper,
Ken Cox, Donna Daniell, Bill Kelly,
Greg Kyle, Grant Martin and Patrick Reid.
Mr Reid said he was honoured by
his election to the position of ACT
'This is a very exciting and challenging
time for the whole pharmacy profession,
and I look forward to helping
pharmacists across the ACT during these
times and into the future,' Mr Reid said.
'We are facing many pressures in the
way we practise our profession and
I am committed to ensuring that PSA is
there to represent all of our members
in all sectors of the profession as we
Mr Reid thanked outgoing President
Dr Greg Kyle for his work and
contribution to date.
'Greg has done a lot of great work as
President and I am delighted that he
remains as a very active member of
the Branch Committee. I will build on
the work of Greg and his predecessor
Gabrielle Cooper and also continue to
develop opportunities for members in
the Territory,' Mr Reid said.
The ACT Branch also elected Bill Kelly
and Elise Apolloni as Vice Presidents.
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