Part of Mayo Clinic history is an abiding commitment to the needs of the community of Rochester. The Mayo founders set an example of community service beginning with the elder Doctor Mayo, and continuing with his sons.
Beginning in 1907, Dr. William J. Mayo served for many years as a member of the Board of Regents, University of Minnesota. Dr. Charlie became health officer of Rochester in 1912. He held this post for many years and helped to foster many improvements in the health of the community. Like his father, Dr. Charlie served on the Rochester school board. He was influential in replacing wooden school buildings with fireproof structures. He promoted the establishment of the Rochester Community College in 1915, the first junior college in Minnesota. Along with his brother, Dr. Charlie presented funds to the school board for a number of years to employ a music director in the city schools.
The tradition of good citizenship continues today as Mayo Clinic and many of its staff members are involved in a variety of facets of community life -- giving time and talents by volunteering or by contributing generously to community initiatives and organizations.