Ian Monachan

1934 - 2010

Ian represented Great Britain in the World Oympiad in 1996, and won numerous domestic competitions.

His 'professional' obituary, from The Pharmaceutical Journal is below:

"ELIZABETH NYE writes (on behalf of Healthcare Pharmacies): My colleagues and I met Ian in the latter half of his pharmacy career and it was only at the oration at his funeral that we learnt more about this unique man.

Ian was born in Scotland in 1934 and was evacuated from Glasgow to Largs during the 1939–45 war to live with his uncle, an experience that taught him self-reliance, which was to stand him in good stead in later years in pharmacy.

Ian’s love of this pleasant west coast town continued until his death as it was where his parents were buried and where his family spent many happy holidays in their shore-side home.

Ian was educated at Hutchison’s Grammar School and then read pharmacy at Strathclyde University. His degree choice helped develop his business sense and although tolerant of academia he blossomed into a retail pioneer.

He formed Scott Chemists with his friend Donald Munro and together they expanded in the Glasgow area producing a pharmacy chain at the cutting edge of new ideas and customer convenience. Ian’s go-ahead attitude did not always sit well with the Society and on one occasion found himself in conflict over the breaching of advertising standards. He did not see why supposed bureaucracy should interfere with his job of getting customers through the door.

After 30 years of hard work Ian decided he should spend more time with his family and retired to Guernsey. Despite interests such as bridge and sailing he still had itchy feet and decided to become involved with our small group of pharmacies. Although Ian no longer worked in the pharmacy he was a guiding light behind the scenes and we would look forward to his visits when he would take an interest in all the staff, however inexperienced.

His enquiring and incisive mind helped to solve many a problem and he engendered terrific loyalty among the staff, who valued his support and encouragement.

Ian had been ill for a few months but he never lost his sense of humour or ability to question all that was going on around him. His passing leaves a large hole in our close knit team and we send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Noi and his children Karen, Scott and Helen."

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal, Vol. 285, p527 | URI: 11042576. Available online at http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/announcement/ia…

Major International Appearances

World Olympiad: 1996

Crockfords winner: 1995

Spring Foursomes winner: 1996 1997 and 2003

Four Star Teams, Summer Meeting, Winner: 2005

Hubert Phillips Bowl: 1996