August 23, 2018

Our View: ‘He was always interested in who we were’

By Karl Oestreich


Fifty years ago in July, Dr. Charles W. Mayo — “Dr. Chuck,” the gregarious and accomplished grandson of W.W. Mayo, whose father and uncle, Logo for Post-Bulletin newspaperDrs. Charlie and Will Mayo, made the clinic what it is today — died in a car wreck near Mayowood. As we wrote on July 31, Dr. Chuck left a huge legacy in his own right, in the medical world and as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. and the United Nations in the 1950s, and he did it his way. Few people remember the Mayo brothers as colorful, convivial people, but that’s how Dr. Chuck is often described, as kind, compassionate and having a quick sense of humor. We asked readers to share memories they have of Dr. Chuck and that era, and three responded…

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Context: Fifty years ago, Mayo Clinic, the city of Rochester and the world suffered a terrible loss when Charles W. Mayo, M.D., died in a car accident near the family’s Mayowood estate in Rochester on his 70th birthday. "Dr. Chuck," as he liked to be called, was the son of Charles H. Mayo, M.D., and Edith Mayo, and grandson of Dr. William W. Mayo. Dr. Chuck was named a consultant surgeon at Mayo Clinic in 1931 and a professor of surgery in 1947. The paper reports that he was "widely respected as an expert in the field of abdominal and colonic surgery." When he wasn't seeing patients, he served on the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and "carried on the family leadership at the clinic until his retirement in 1964." You can read more about Dr. Chuck in Mayo Clinic in the Loop.

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