Awards : Anastasia Award

Jack Sanders, M.D. ‘57

Jack E. Sanders, M.D. ’57 or “Dr. Jack” as his patients and numerous friends called him, represented the true spirit of what it means to be a physician. Perhaps more than any graduate of the Miller School, he represented the values of a hometown physician. From a rural area and modest background, Sanders overcame many challenges to become an extraordinary medical student: he was born with a significant craniofacial deformity and associated hearing loss. Nevertheless, he became Valedictorian of his graduating class in military school; attended Emory University; graduated from the University of Florida School of Pharmacy; and graduated in 1957 from the School of Medicine. Following his residency at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, he returned to his hometown of Graceville, Florida in 1958. For the next 46 years he provided exceptional medical care and community service to everyone in the Graceville area. He was also instrumental in the founding of Campbellton-Graceville Hospital. Sanders took great pride that he was able to bring his medical training back home to serve friends and neighbors. In fact, most everyone in this area knew Sanders, as he delivered more than 1,500 babies