Vale John Ware


Profession pays respect to former PSA national president John Ware, who passed away recently

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has expressed its sadness on the passing of former PSA national president, John Ware OAM.

Mr Ware passed away on 27th December 2020, aged nearly 93. 

He had recently been awarded a Victorian lifetime achievement award by PSA, which was presented in December.

During his career, Mr Ware served as both a National President and Victorian State President of the PSA, as well as President of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice, as well as being one of a small number of Australians to have been awarded a Fellowship of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

He contributed globally in the field of Pharmacy including as President of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum and as President of the FIP Foundation. For 10 years he was the FIP representative to the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office.

As Chair of the Victorian College of Pharmacy he led the team that negotiated integration of the monodisciplinary College of Pharmacy into a single faculty structure of Monash University. He was subsequently Chair of the Faculty Council of the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University.

John Ware and his wife Nariel set up the Ware Fellowship investing in postdoctoral research at the Faculty into leadership in pharmacy.

PSA National President, Associate Professor Chris Freeman, said John had demonstrated sustained dedication to the pharmacy profession and had been a driving force in the development and expansion of the role of the pharmacist in Australia.

“John was one of the key establishers of the concept of pharmaceutical care in Australia supporting pharmacists to develop their professional skills, enhancing their role in medication management and assisting the profession to strive forward.

“On behalf of PSA I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to his wife Nariel, his family, friends and many colleagues.”

PSA Victorian President John Jackson said “John has worked tirelessly and given much of his life to professional pharmacy both in Australia and internationally and leaves a huge legacy to the profession. He will be missed”.

The Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University, Prof. Arthur Christopoulos, said: “John was a giant in our field, and it is truly difficult to encapsulate in words his passion and his unwavering belief in pharmacy as a premiere healthcare profession that brings communities together in good times and even more so in difficult times – as we all experienced first-hand this past year.

On a personal note, John has always been one of the most generous, caring and supportive individuals I have ever met. In my early days practising as a pharmacist, John was the first to impress upon me the importance of giving back to the profession through leveraging my research to advance practice in any way that I could, including through the delivery of continuing professional education to pharmacists in both metropolitan and in rural regions.

John will always remain a most cherished member of our history and pharmacy family. On behalf of Monash’s Faculty of Pharmacy .and Pharmaceutical Sciences, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences and commiserations to Nariel and John’s large loving family of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, mentees and friends in Australia and around the world”.

Anthony Tassone, president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Victoria) said: “John leaves a tremendous legacy in the pharmacy profession not only his dedicated advocacy at state, national and even the international stage – but also his great generosity philanthropically and of time mentoring younger colleagues and giving back to the profession.   

There are countless pharmacists who can today say they have been offered pearls of wisdom or benefited from John’s great depth of knowledge and understanding of pharmacy.

He was a very charismatic gentleman whose presence would be known in any room he entered and the respect that other pharmacist colleagues and stakeholders had from him was clearly evident. 

His deep passion for pharmacy did not fade throughout his late years and if one could maintain anything close to the level of joy and pride that John had as a pharmacist throughout his life, then they should consider themselves fulfilled.”

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