The dean of a Devon medical school has received a knighthood in the Queen's New Year Honours list.
Prof Tooke also launched a charity to support research into diabetes
The honour was conferred on Prof John Tooke, of the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, alongside 19 Orders of the British Empire to people from Devon.
People working in the arts, tourism, health, charities and education were among those made MBEs and CBEs.
Prof Tooke said the knighthood was a reflection of the collaboration between universities and the health service.
Prof Tooke led the bids for the creation of the medical school in 1998 on behalf of the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and its sister dentist school several years later.
An international diabetes expert, he established early on a diabetes charity to support research into the condition.
He said the knighthood was a surprise.
"I don't think one ever expects something of this magnitude."
Among the eight people to be made CBEs were Peter Chapman, the founder of a Plymouth homeless shelter, the Shekinah Mission, and Adrian Vinken, the chair of Culture South West and the chief executive of the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.
In the field of tourism, Nigel Way, the owner of the Royal Castle Hotel in Dartmouth, and Trevor Stanbury, a partner in Bideford's Milky Way Adventure Park, were made MBEs.
Mr Way said: "I'm over the moon about it.
"I had to read it twice and then I was dancing around the kitchen.
"I think it means doing something that comes sort of naturally in a community like Dartmouth, helping other people and giving hospitality generally."
Full Devon honours list
- Professor John Tooke, dean, Peninsula Medical School: For services to medicine
- Graham Tuppen, chief executive, Enterprise Inns: For services to the hospitality industry
- Celia Atherton, director, Research in Practice: For services to children and families
- Peter Chapman, founder, Shekinah Mission: For services to homeless people
- Graham Payne, director, RAPID UK: For services to international rescue
- Angela Pedder, chief executive, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital: For services to the NHS
- Susan Smith, deputy chief officer, Devon Fire and Rescue Service: For services to Fire Safety
- Graham Taylor, former headteacher: For services to education
- Adrian Vinken, chair, Culture South West and chief executive, Theatre Royal, Plymouth: For services to the arts
- Rosemary Bird: For services providing rural experience on Dartmoor and in the South West for inner city young people
- Elizabeth Braund: For services providing rural experience on Dartmoor and in the South West for inner city young people
- Edna Bishop: For services to the Women's Royal Voluntary Service in Plymouth
- David Boulter, consultant, Driver Safety Training: For services to public transport
- Anil Koshti, nuclear regulator, Environment Agency: For services to the environment
- Lesley Smith, county secretary, Devon Association of Parish Councils: For services to local government in the South West
- Trevor Stanbury, the Milky Way Adventure Park: For services to the tourist industry in the South West
- Dr Peter Stevens: for services to conservation
- Robert Trevatt: For services to homeless people in south Devon
- Nigel Way, Royal Castle Hotel: For services to the hospitality industry in Dartmouth
- Philip Harris, assistant director of Community Services (Housing Operations), Plymouth City Council: For services to local government