The British Pharmacological Society lost one of its luminaries on Thursday, 18th July 2013, with the death of Bill Bowman. Bill’s health had deteriorated since a stroke in London a couple of years ago. After a very lengthy stay in hospitals in London and Dumfries, he managed to get home to Rockcliffe on the Solway Firth which held so many happy memories for him. His daughter Alison and son Ewen told us that over the past few months, and particularly the last few weeks, he became bedbound and life became incredibly tough. He died very peacefully; it was the most glorious evening in Rockcliffe, still and hot with the sun setting over Rough Island, just as he would have wished.