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ON October 14, 2014, Richard Graham Philip, BVMS, MSc, MRCVS, OBE, of Ventnor Terrace, Newington, Edinburgh. Mr Philip qualified from Glasgow in 1967.
P. Oliver-Smith writes: Richard Philip, though born in Dorset in 1942, returned to the land of his forefathers to attend the University of Glasgow in 1961, where he skied at winter weekends, driving his elderly van (with petrol at 22.5p per gallon) to Glenshee or Glen Coe. He also flew de Haviland Chipmunks with the university air squadron, sailed the outer Clyde and joined the Cecilian musical theatre society, where he wooed his future wife, Marie, and married her, all before successfully graduating in 1967.
After spending a couple of years in Berkshire, consolidating his recently acquired knowledge in a mixed animal practice, he set out on what was to become the start of a unique career. In 1970, he took his wife and one-year-old son to North Island, New Zealand, by a six-week sea voyage, to join a farm club practice in Te Awamutu. Once settled in, he acquired two horses and continued with the off-campus passions he had developed in Glasgow, flying, sailing and skiing – even becoming a member of the Mount Ruapehu ski patrol.
After two years, …
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