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Tributes flow for “true gentleman” Jack Thomas

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December 13, 2017

The outstanding achievements and long-term service to the pharmacy profession of Dr Jack Thomas OAM have been applauded by Australia’s pharmacist community, the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) said today.

Dr Thomas – a PSA member and Fellow for more than 50 years – was farewelled in Sydney on Monday after he died last week. Aged 89, he passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

His academic career started at Manchester University after he became a pharmacy apprentice in England aged 14. Dr Thomas joined the Pharmacy School at the University of Sydney in 1964 and was Head of School during the 1980s and 90s, overseeing the establishment of a Chair of Pharmacy Practice.

Dr Thomas was elected to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of NSW (PSNSW) in 1967 and served as President from 1973–75. He was a leader in convincing other States to form PSA in 1977, and to expand CPD delivery as their major professional activity for members. Dr Thomas also served on the National Council of PSA from 1990–94.

He was instrumental in helping develop the first Offshore Conference in Noumea run by PSNSW in 1977 (now in its 41st year). He served as Education Director for 19 years and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service.

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said Dr Thomas was a “true gentleman” and pioneering pharmacist who was popular among his peers.

“After first qualifying as a pharmacist in 1951, Dr Thomas enjoyed a distinguished career in pharmacy as a leader, forward thinker and hard-working pharmacist,” Dr Jackson said.

“He became a legend in the profession – and helped to start PSA’s Offshore conferences which was an innovation at the time and a new way of looking at CPD.

“Of course, his legacy lives on with the popular Jack Thomas trophy clinical quiz, which is an annual highlight of the conference and always gets people talking and networking.”

He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Pam and Karen and grandchildren Mark and Ian and three great grandchildren.


Media contact:
Brad Watts
Executive Director, Communications
0487 922 176

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