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									                   The PHARMACY GUILD of AUSTRALIA
                                 NATIONAL SECRETARIAT



                        FATHER OF PHARMACY

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia will sadly say goodbye today to Canberra’s ‘father of pharmacy’ and
unofficial mayor of Civic, Patrick Develin. Pat died on Saturday of colon cancer at the age of 75.

Patrick grew up in pharmacy, going back three generations and with links to Ireland where his great-
uncle owned a pharmacy. Pat’s father was a pharmacist in Parramatta and now two of Pat’s children
are pharmacists, with son Matt now the owner of 3 pharmacies in the ACT.

Patrick has been a retail pharmacist for 56 years and an active member of the Pharmacy Guild since
1970. He served on the ACT Branch Committee from 1988 until he became ill – 19 years of
unwavering service.

“Pat has been at the forefront of the campaign to keep community pharmacies financially viable and
was instrumental in working with The Pharmacy Guild of Australia to campaign for the first Guild-
Government Agreement,” said ACT Branch Director, Ann Dalton.

“I have known Pat since I was 9. He has been a stalwart in supporting the ACT Branch of the Guild;
always attending meetings. He was an extremely effective negotiator – a quiet achiever working with
local politicians and contacts to ensure that pharmacy had a voice in the community. As an astute
businessman he was also a wonderful mentor to others in community pharmacy in the ACT,” Ms
Dalton said.

Staff member for 40 years, Shirley Pollard said that Pat was still working Friday nights or Saturday
until Christmas last year.

“The staff just loved him – particularly the graduates. He was such a mentor for the staff and so
passionate about making sure the customers were looked after,” Shirley said.

ACT Branch President of the Guild and pharmacist Patrick Reid knew Pat Develin all his life.

“He was a guy who was not just concerned with the financial aspects of pharmacy, but more that
pharmacy does its professional best. He always made sure that customers went away with the best
possible advice and were happy. No question ever went unanswered by Pat Develin. It’s his true
dedication to the profession that will be sorely missed,” Patrick said.

Patrick John Joseph Develin will be farewelled by family, his pharmacy family and many friends
today at St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Forrest at 1.30.

3 May 2007

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