The Braemar Family was very saddened to hear of of the passing of former Trustee Barry Prior who died peacefully last Wednesday 13 April. For more than half his career as an accountant, Barry Prior devoted a huge amount of time, energy and professional expertise helping advise and guide the Braemar Charitable Trust in its work for Braemar Hospital. He was first appointed to the board in 1972, and retired 33 years later, in 2005. And in that time, he helped steer the business from a small cottage hospital to a substantial and modern enterprise that has few equals elsewhere in the country.
It was because of his remarkable service, not just to Braemar, but to his community in general, over many long years, that in the Queen’s Birthday honours list of 2006 Barry was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to community.
When Barry first joined the Braemar Trust it was the organisation which ran the hospital. He soon became a member of the hospital’s management committee, which managed the requests from medical staff, and he was also involved in the process of credentialing of new staff.
From 1972 on, when he first became a trustee, and right up to the time the trust board was considering purchasing The Nest, in Ohaupo Road, from the Salvation Army, and began the process of building a new, modern and more expansive hospital, Barry continued to assist in the administration and running of the business.
The Trustees fondly remember meeting Barry each year at our annual Trustee dinners and we were very lucky to have shared time with Barry recently in the writing of the Braemar Charitable Trust history book.
The Braemar Charitable Trust acknowledges Barry's significant contribution to Braemar and the wider Waikato community and passes on its sincere condolences to Barry's family and friends at this sad time.