Obituary: Brian Alps, 75

Brian Alps
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A vet who enjoyed a successful career in the British pharmaceutical industry has died at the age of 75.

Brian Alps’ early life embraced many different unrelated activities and it is as much for his enthusiasm and dedication in these areas as for his professional achievements that he is remembered.

He was born to Jim and Ethel Alps near Ely in Cambridgeshire on August 26, 1939, the eldest child
of four. On leaving Bristol in 1966, he spent two years in a mainly equine veterinary practice based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

In 1968, Brian made the decision to go back into research and joined Wyeths, an American pharmaceutical company based in Slough, as a research physiologist working on drugs associated with coronary disease.

In 1976, he was offered the post of director of physiology by another American pharmaceutical company, Syntex, at their new research facility being set up on the Heriot-Watt University campus in Edinburgh.

The family then moved to Linlithgow.

He remained at Syntex until his retirement and eventually moved to Guildford with his second wife,

Brian was an accomplished artist and an able craftsman in many different fields, stretching from woodwork to electronics.

In Linlithgow he was involved in several organisations, including Linlithgow Union Canal Society, 
for whom he masterminded floats 
for the Marches and the Deacons Court.

He was also chairman of Linlithgow Academy parents’ association for three years and chairman of Linlithgow Civic Trust for two years.

Despite all his successes – and many talents – Brian will be remembered as a very sympathetic man who was tolerant and supportive of colleagues and fellow enthusiasts alike.

Friends said Brian always encouraged others to achieve beyond their expectations.

Brian is survived by his first wife, Lyn, his three children Sarah, Jonathan and Katie, three grandchildren and his second wife Rita.

He died on March 29 in Tarbert, Argyll, aged 75.