June 1973: Fountain Dedicated to Doctor Charles W. and Alice Mayo #throwbackthursdays

Gainey’s diverse audience included a broad crossection of Mayo supporters and personnel.
Gainey’s diverse audience included a broad crossection of Mayo supporters and personnel.

A bronze fountain given to Mayo, the work of Swedish-American sculptor Carl Milles, was formally dedicated in June 1973 as part of Sponsors’ Day activities. The fountain was given by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Gainey in memory of their good friends Dr. Charles W. Mayo and his wife Alice.

Daniel C. Gainey accepts personal thanks of Mayo administrator Robert C. Roesler.
Daniel C. Gainey accepts personal thanks of Mayo administrator Robert C. Roesler.

During the dedication, Gainey spoke of the warm relationship the two couples shared. “I knew Chuck first as the transmitter of the idealism of his father (Dr. Charles H. Mayo) and grandfather (Dr. William Worrall Mayo) and his uncle (Dr. William James Mayo) to this institution,” said Gainey. Dr. Charles W. Mayo “was the most selfless person I have ever known. There was nothing in the world he wouldn’t do for this organization.”

Alice Mayo was characterized as “The belle of any ball; charming, graceful yet with a mind of steel that managed the home front as no other girl could.”

He alluded to the idealism upon which Mayo was founded. The institution was, said Gainey, created and dedicated to healing the sick and succouring those in need ... “without any thought of pecuniary gain.”

“So long as the great men who run it and work for it continue as idealists, working for God and people, this great organization will continue to be the greatest in the land and all the world around,” said Gainey.

Gainey, a Mayo sponsor, was Chairman Emeritus of Josten’s, Inc., and was a University of Minnesota Regent for 34 years.

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