The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has paid tribute to former NT Branch President, Ian Marshall, who passed suddenly on Tuesday night
The Guild said Mr Marshall was a captain of the community pharmacy industry in the Northern Territory and a committed community pharmacist who understood the importance of ensuring Territory families could access quality pharmacy services after hours and on weekends.
Mr Marshall was the inaugural president of the Northern Territory Branch of the Pharmacy Guild from 2000 until 2007.
He gained his qualifications at the West Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) between 1968 and 1971, studying with later fellow Pharmacy Guild representatives Kevin McAnuff and Glenn Joyce. In 1972, he completed his pre-registration training with Stan Wilson, then President of the WA Branch of the Guild, at the East Victoria Park Pharmacy.
In February 1973, as a newly minted pharmacist with romantic notions of the last frontiers of the North beckoning, Mr Marshall headed to Darwin.
After a journey befitting a Leyland Brothers documentary, he arrived in Darwin and worked for the next 15 months at Kerry Manolas’ Mitchell Street Pharmacy. At the time, it was one of only nine pharmacies and the only day-and-night pharmacy in Darwin.
Mr Marshall briefly moved back to Perth in 1974, avoiding the devastation of Cyclone Tracy, which claimed the life of his friend and fellow WAIT-trained pharmacist, Charles Di Bua.
He returned to Darwin “for good” in 1975 and opened his Trower Road Night & Day Pharmacy in 1984, which moved around the corner to the current Amcal+ Casuarina in 2011, and has been trading as an after-hours pharmacy (365 days of the year) ever since.
Mr Marshall always had a strong association with the Pharmacy Guild. As was the case for most other NT pharmacy proprietors, he was a member of the WA Branch up until the NT Branch was established in 2000. The inaugural meeting of the NT Branch was held at the Beaufort Hotel, The Esplanade, in Darwin and Mr Marshall was elected Branch President.
Mr Marshall was also a member of the steering group that established the delivery of the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus.
The current NT Branch President, Terry Battalis, acknowledged the important contribution of Mr Marshall.
“The Guild is in a truly unique position to have total national coverage. Ian was instrumental in ensuring that the Guild invested in a NT Branch. Without the input of people like Ian Marshall, a small branch like the one in Darwin would not be able to exist,” Mr Battalis said.
“Ian was always considered a ‘thinker’ on the Guild’s National Council. He was a good man and greatly respected. I have never heard a bad word said of him.
“On behalf of the Guild and all pharmacists across Australia, I thank him most sincerely for his lifetime of commitment to our industry.”
The Pharmacy Guild’s NT Branch Director, Judith Oliver, extended her condolences to the Marshall family.
“Ian’s contribution to the Darwin community extended beyond his pharmacies and the Guild, including leadership roles in junior cricket and other sporting organisations,” she said.
“A more community-minded pharmacist would be difficult to find. His sudden passing has come as a shock to us all, and our thoughts are with his family and staff members at this time.”
Ian is survived by his son Adrian and daughter Lexi who are both also pharmacists, and his son Christian.