Donald Evans (1926 - 2010)
24 September 2010
The Faculty of Pharmacy has been extremely fortunate over the past ten years to have had the assistance and collegiality of Donald Evans (1926 - 2010). Don has made an outstanding contribution to pharmacy and pharmacy education over a generation. His first pharmacy was in Condobolin in rural NSW and later in the Grace Brother's Store at Bondi Junction where he ran and owned busy pharmacies that not only provided for the health needs of the community but also a diversity of services including veterinary medicines. The scope of his pharmacy practice and experience was very obvious when Don provided informal talks to our final pharmacy students on "managing emergencies in the pharmacy", "dealing with the grieving patient" and "talking to patients about taking their medicines". He was an active member of the local community and had let a lasting impact on the communities he worked in. Over his working life Don mentored and trained many early career pharmacists with his strong focus on professionalism, effective communication and the importance of patient care.
Don initiated the pharmacist volunteer program at the Faculty where qualified pharmacists give of their time to assist our 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in learning about extemporaneous dispensing.
Don has passed away in the last week and will be sadly missed by the academic staff, his fellow volunteers and the many students who benefited from his teaching at the Faculty.
"Don made a remarkable and generous contribution to the Faculty and to our students" said Dr Romano Fois, lecturer in pharmaceutics at the Faculty, "It is because of Don's tireless efforts that we have so many dedicated volunteer pharmacists involved in our programs."
Professor Andrew McLachlan said "Don Evans was a generous pharmacist who brought an enthusiasm and energy to the art and science of dispensing that was highly valued by the pharmacy students and staff". He also added that over the recent years Don was working on the draft of a book which draws on his views and experiences in pharmacy capturing pharmacy history and future professional directions.
"Tributes to Don have been pouring in since we received the sad news, from both colleagues and former students" said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy "On behalf of the Faculty I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family at this time. Don's company, experience and wisdom will be missed. Not only was he a pleasure to work with he was also an excellent advisor."
Don leaves behind a strong legacy at the Faculty of perpetuating the skills and knowledge of the profession from one generation of pharmacists to the next through hands-on experience and mentoring.
Contact: Claire Riordan
Phone: 02 9351 2311