The New Zealand Resuscitation Council would like to extend our deepest condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of Dr Peter Leslie OBE who passed away on Tuesday 22 August 2023, aged 90.
Dr Leslie was a Cardiologist at Wellington Hospital, until retiring in 2000. Dr Leslie was Head of Cardiology 1979 - 1997, and was Clinical Leader, Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery 1997 - 1999. He also founded the first CCU in 1967.
Dr Leslie was the founding chairperson of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council at its incorporation on 26 November 1996, he was the first recipient of the Sir David Hay Medal for his services to Resuscitation.
In the first New Zealand Resuscitation Council Newsletter dated September 1997 he wrote; "We feel sure that, now established, the NZ Resuscitation Council will attract wide support, but in the long term, this will only be maintained by solid performance. We look forward to working with all interested parties in the achievement of our stated objectives."
Nearly 27 years later the work of the NZ Resuscitation Council continues with the legacy of Dr Leslie and his colleagues.
A service to celebrate Peter's life will be held at St Andrews on The Terrace on Friday 8 September, at 11.00am, followed by a private cremation.
The service is livestreamed and can be viewed through the following link www.vimeo.com/856984332/7b093c71b3.