Ian Steward of The Press reports that Sir Don Beaven, a renowned Christchurch medical professor, is feared dead following a fire at his back in Little Akaloa last night.
It appears that Sir Beaven, who was particularly well-known as an expert on diabetes, its prevention and treatment, attempted to fight the fire, but instead succumbed to it.
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“[Sir Don Beaven] was a pioneer in major developments in diabetes treatment and prevention and in many initiatives in public health.
“This year he was immortalised in a bronze bust, one of the 12 “local heroes” on display outside the Arts Centre.
“He was a tireless promoter of healthy living and a founder of the region’s wine-growing industry.
“Beaven was foundation professor of the Christchurch School of Medicine, and had held medical appointments and fellowships all over the world.”