Vale longstanding Burnet supporter, Ben Cowen

Burnet Institute

10 January, 2017

The Board and staff of Burnet Institute are saddened by the tragic loss of Ben Cowen, a long-standing and passionate supporter of the Institute who was killed in a paragliding accident at Fairhaven Beach on Sunday, 8 January.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC paid tribute to Ben’s wonderful support of the Institute and said he will be greatly missed.

“Ben was a keen supporter of Burnet Institute and an active member of our fundraising committee. He was always keen to help; attending functions, introducing his business colleagues and friends to the Institute and providing much sage advice,” Professor Crabb said.

“Ben was incredibly sharp and insightful, he was also a wonderfully positively spirited, witty and warm-hearted man.”

A highly successful man in life, in business and in supporting the wider community, Ben was a lawyer and investment banker. He founded Edison Partners, a boutique advisory firm, where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions.

He was known as a keen adventurer and founded the Anaconda chain of camping megastores, which he sold in the late 2000s.

Ben was the youngest son of the late Rt Hon Sir Zelman Cowen AK, GCMG, GCVO, KStJ, Kt cr, former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Sir Zelman was also a strong supporter of Burnet. At our request Ben, together with his mother Lady Anna Cowen and sister Kate, was instrumental in helping develop the Institute’s Sir Zelman Cowen Fellowship after Sir Zelman’s death only a few years ago.

Ben is survived by his wife Lahra Carey and three children Mitch, Alex and Charley.

We owe him much and will miss him greatly.

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