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IN tribute to Paul Coldstream Tuckett (VR, April 12, 2014, vol 174, p 384), Ian Baker writes: Tuck was a loyal colleague, boss, partner, and friend for nearly 50 years, since I came to see practice with Anderson and Bugg in 1965.
He was never known as Paul. To his family he was Pablo, and in the practice and to his veterinary friends he was Tuck or PCT; other friends and many farmers called him Pete, while and to his grandchildren he was ‘Dumps’, a name he loved.
He was born in Looe in Cornwall, brought up in Guatemala, where his father managed a banana and peanut plantation, and was sent home to live with his grandmother when he was 11, to go to school. This was in 1938. Within 12 months war had broken out and he did not see his family again until after the war ended.
Tuck went to the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe and then on to the Royal Veterinary College, which had been evacuated to Streatley, graduating in 1950. It was at school that …
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