Arthur Porritt was a multi-faceted New Zealander who achieved great things in several spheres.
Among his achievements:
A Rhodes Scholar in 1923
An Olympic sprint medallist, in 1924, in the 100m final made famous by the film Chariots of Fire. He remains New Zealand’s only Olympic sprint medallist.
A widely-respected and much-honoured surgeon, who became president of the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Medical Association, two of the two major medical organisations in Britain.
A member of the International Olympic Committee for more than half a century, and chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation for 18 years.
A decorated war hero, who was present during the D-Day landings.
Surgeon to the Royal Family from 1936-67.
The Governor-General of New Zealand from 1967-72.
The first New Zealand-born Governor General.
Knighted and later elevated to the peerage. He was an active member of the British House of Lords for nearly 20 years.