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A house fire took the life of diabetes medical pioneer Professor Sir Don Beaven (84). The former chairman of the Canterbury Area Health Board was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, the country's highest honour, in the 2005 New Years Honours list. Sir Don wrote approximately 250 articles and 8 books in the area of clinical medicine and diabetes. He was alone when the devastating fire in his Banks Peninsula bach occured.
Honours and Awards
• Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM)
• Commander of the British Empire (CBE)
• Hon DSc (Canterbury)
• Hon Condliffe Memorial Medal (Canterbury)
• Bronze Medal (University of Padova)
• Sands Memorial Medal (RACP)
• NZ Commemorative Gold Medal
• Memorial Gold Medal (Edin)
• Christchurch City Council Greenstone Award “Live Tall”
• Patron of NZ Diabetes Society

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