Road Named Clews Lane To Recognise Surgeon
Date: 13 March 2013
Road Named Clews Lane To
A part of the Waiora Waikato Hospital campus will always remind staff of the outstanding contribution made by one of its paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, following the installation of a street sign yesterday (Monday 11 March 2013).
Clews Lane, which meanders around the Bryant Education Centre and the Meade Clinical Centre linking into Hague Road at both ends, takes its name from David Clews who died in March 2007.
His daughter Rebecca, 25, a final year nursing student at Wintec in Hamilton was on hand as Speedy Signs’ Frank Everaarts installed the sign.
“It’s really nice that people still recognise and remember him,” she said. It is the second time a member of the Clews family has had a street named after them. Dr Clews’ mother Janet, a stalwart of West Auckland local government for nearly 50 years, has Janet Clews Place in Glen Eden where she was mayor from 1983 to 1989.
Both Rebecca and her 21-year-old brother Christopher, a first year medical school student at Otago University, remember the hospital campus well.
“We came up here a lot as kids,” said Rebecca. Both were students at Fairfield College when their father died six years ago.
Dr Clews, 48, was a surgeon at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton from 1992 till September 2006 when ill health forced him to retire.
He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2007 New Year’s Honours list. His mother was made a Companion of the same order in 2011.
Dr Clews was part of a team of 55 professionals that successfully separated conjoined twins at Waikato Hospital in October 2004. His challenge was to separate the spines.