Awards : Distinguished Alumni Award

Jack Sanders, M.D. ‘57

Jack E. Sanders, M.D. ’57 practiced medicine in the small, Florida panhandle town of Graceville, which has a population of less than 5,000. Sanders was one of two practicing physicians in the area since 1958. He was instrumental in the founding of Campbellton-Graceville Hospital and had served there since 1968. Sanders overcame extraordinary challenges to achieve what he has accomplished: he was born with a significant craniofacial deformity and associated hearing deficit. 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. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha. In 1996, Sanders was invited to Washington, DC and the White House to discuss issues related to rural medicine. He was a recipient of Governor Lawton Chiles’ Heartland Award, the highest gubernatorial honor bestowed upon citizens of Florida, for outstanding community service. The City of Graceville, where he was fondly referred to as Dr. Jack, proclaimed July 15, 1998, “Dr. Jack E. Sanders Appreciation Day.”