John and Rachel Jakes ('53 & '51) Benefit "A Vital Part of Our Lives"

John and Rachel Jakes ('53 & '51) Benefit "A Vital Part of Our Lives"

December 12, 2009

John Jakes 2.gifDecember 12, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., has announced that novelist John Jakes and wife, Rachel, gave a $2 million estate donation to 'create a posthumous fund that supports all areas of Mayo Clinic in Florida's mission in patient care, medical education and research,'" reports the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, Minnesota. John Jakes (pictured at left) is a 1953 graduate of DePauw University; Rachel (Payne) Jakes received a degree from DePauw in 1951.

Dr. William Rupp, CEO of Mayo Jacksonville, says, "We are grateful for the Jakes' partnership ... Their philanthropy jakes-savannah.jpgis especially important given the challenging nature of the health care economy."

The Jacksonville Business Journal adds, "Jakes, a Sarasota resident and author of 18 New York Times best-sellers, credits Mayo Clinic doctors with saving his life. The Jakeses are longtime patients of Mayo Clinic Florida. 'Mayo Clinic has become a vital part of our lives since we first visited in 1990,' John Jakes said."

The publication adds, "Jakes is recognized as a contemporary master of the family saga. He is the author of the eight-volume Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, Homeland, American Dreams and Charleston."

Learn more about John Jakes in this previous story.