Sir Graeme Douglas
Sir Graeme Bruce Douglas, (born circa 1929) is the founder and managing director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals, a New Zealand company which produces and exports pharmaceuticals, supplements and cosmetic products.
Sir Graeme began his career in community pharmacy in Auckland in the suburb of Te Atatu South. He recognised an opportunity to import niche pharmaceuticals that the multi-national corporations had deleted (from their dsles lists) but for which community pharmacy had still a requirement. From this modest beginning, the company acquired several agencies for distribution in New Zealand, which over a 15 year period provided steady growth for the business, now worth an estimated $180 million.
As well as his commitment to pharmacy Sir Graeme has also been a keen supporter of the community of West Auckland. Despite his growing business he found time to successfully compete as a weightlifter as well as in track & field events. He has been one of the major sponsors of the Waitakere City Stadium and the field and all weather running track bears his name. Sir Graeme also sponsors the Going West Literary Festival & is the major sponsor of the Guide Dog Services.
Sir Graeme appears to distribute some of his philathropic gifts through a charity, the Douglas Charitable Trust.
Sir Graeme was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1988. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, the highest award that the Society can be bestow on a member. He was knighted in June 2010 for services to charity.
A 'gentleman' of the old school, Sir Graeme still writes congratulatory and thank you letters when the appropriate occasion arises. He has a presence and manner about him that makes him stand out in a crowd. He is highly regarded by all members of the profession throughout New Zealand. Many pharmacists speak warmly of Sir Graeme’s support and interest in their careers. What has come through again and again when people talk about Sir Graeme is a picture of a modest, unassuming gentleman who is always concerned for the welfare of others and passionate about pharmacy.
He and his wife, now Lady Ngaire, have just moved to a Remuera apartment - without stairs is a slight concession to age - from the Waitakere house where they raised their two children, so that was rather a wrench.
Sir Graeme's brother-in-law, businessman Sir David Levene, is his great friend, from boarding school, (they married sisters), who was knighted on the same day.
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