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Great Scots Distinguished Alumni
Scots College has a proud heritage of producing the All-Round Man. Looking back through the history of the College it is clear that Scots has produced many Old Boys to be proud of: from captains of industry, and sporting greats to men who have served their nation well.
Initiated in 2018 the Great Scots Distinguished Alumni scheme recognises outstanding Scots College Old Boys who have gone on to make significant achievements at national and international levels while still demonstrating the characteristics of the All-Round Man.
Nominations for Great Scots Distinguished Alumni are always open. For criteria and to apply please click here.
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Sir Clifford Plimmer
Sir David Carruthers
Sir David Carruthers KNZM (1954–1958) is a long-serving member of the New Zealand legal community. He worked as a lawyer in Wellington, Pahiatua and Palmerston North, before being appointed as a Family Court Judge in 1985. In 2001 Carruthers was appointed as Chief District Court Judge, a position he held until 2005, when he was appointed as the chairman of the New Zealand Parole Board. In 2012, Carruthers joined the Independent Police Conduct Authority as its chairman until his retirement in 2017. He was awarded a Knighthood for his services to the District Court.
Learn more about Sir David and his time at the College in this video.
Alistair Dryden (1953–1955) is a former New Zealand rower. At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he won the silver medal as part of the men’s eight then went on to win the inaugural Prince Phillip Challenge Cup regatta in 1963 in Henley-on-Thames, then widely regarded as the event closest to a world championship. He also competed in the same coxed four at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics where he was part of the men’s eight that came fourth in the final.
Richard Furneaux (1955–1967) as Director of Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University Richard is known globally for his contribution to carbohydrate chemistry, looking at the creation of potent drug candidates for cancer and severe inflammatory illnesses. A Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Richard was named as the 2013 Wellingtonian of the Year in the science and technology category.
For more information about Richard click on the video
Kim Prisk (1962–1969) is widely regarded as the world specialist in lung function in zero gravity. Currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego Kim has worked with NASA astronauts on board both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. These studies remain the definitive body of work on the effects of spaceflight on the human lung.
Kingi Smiler (1966–1970) as a chartered accountant, is a hugely experienced businessman and professional director specialising in business planning and corporate restructuring. A former partner of Ernst and Young until 1997, Kingi was a driving force behind the establishment of Miraka in 2011, a milk production plant utilising geothermal energy. In 2013 he was awarded the Federated Farmers agri-business man of the year and in 2015 was the supreme winner of the Māori Business Leader Award.
Learn more about Kingi and his time at the College in this video.
Sir Walter Norwood
Sir Walter Norwood KBE (1920–1922) joined family business Dominion Motors in 1926 and played a prominent role in the development of the business, through to pioneering the assembly in New Zealand of the first Morris vehicles. He presided over the amalgamation of Dominion Motors to form the New Zealand Motor Corporation which, at one stage, controlled a quarter of the New Zealand market. Also a keen philanthropist, Sir Walter established several trusts to benefit a number of worthy causes. He was awarded a Knighthood for his services to commerce and the City of Wellington.