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Tributes paid to ABCD founder Dr John Wales

By Editor
27th September 2017

Tributes have been paid to the founding chairman of a national group which represents diabetes consultants in the UK.

Dr John Wales, who jointly set up the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) with Professor Ken Shaw and Dr Richard Greenwood, died on Friday, September 1.

The news was confirmed by ABCD’s chair Dr Dinesh Nagi in a statement posted on the organisation’s website in which he said Dr Wales had passed away in his sleep during a recent holiday in Finland.

Dr Nagi said: “We all knew John as a highly committed professional and diabetologist whose whole working life was spent at the General Infirmary at Leeds and indeed that is where, as a young registrar, I first met John in 1986. He inspired many young doctors, including myself, to take up careers in diabetes and endocrinology and, more importantly, to take up research.”

Dr Wales retired from medicine more than 10 years ago, but he remained an active member within his community in Yorkshire.

Dr Nagi added: “His memorial service was very simple with, as John expressly wished, no eulogy. I have however learned that in his personal life John had a great love of music and indeed spent time composing music. Arguably John’s greatest legacy is the founding of ABCD almost exactly 20 years ago, jointly with Prof Ken Shaw and Dr Richard Greenwood and nurturing the Association with drive and determination through the difficult early years.

“We owe John a huge gratitude for his vision and leadership. He will be greatly missed by all of us but his work dedicated to improve the care of people with diabetes can inspire us as an Association to grow from strength to strength, and fulfil his ambition for ABCD and for the care of people with diabetes.  ABCD is exploring several options to commemorate his work and the huge legacy he leaves behind.”

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