Sir Ewen Waterman was a highly respected South Australian pastoralist, wool executive and businessman. In 1993, his estate, through the decision of his daughter, Sandra Waterman, provided a bequest to the Flinders School of Medicine to establish the Sir Ewen Waterman Foundation.
The Foundation promotes and encourages education in the biomedical sciences at Flinders University since 1993.
Each year, a distinguished scholar of medical education research is invited to give the annual Sir Ewen Waterman Oration enabling Flinders University to access international expertise to complement the ongoing development of its medical programs.
In 2019, Flinders University published a book on the contributions of Waterman Fellows through to 2016 and their ongoing legacy to medical education - The Waterman Foundation: Are you training somebody to succeed you? Building capacity in health professions education (PDF).