Governor Rick Scott today presented a “Great Floridian” award to Dr. Charlotte E. Maguire at the Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Charlotte Maguire began practicing medicine in 1944 and opened a pediatric practice in Orlando in 1946, which she ran for 22 years. During the 1970s, Dr. Maguire was one of the highest ranking women in the federal government under the Nixon Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Health and Scientific Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She later returned back to Florida and helped create the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, now operating as the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families.
Governor Rick Scott said, “I am honored to present Dr. Charlotte Maguire with the Great Floridian Award. Dr. Maguire has dedicated her life to expanding the medical profession and education in Florida, while also caring for those most in need. She has been a public servant to families across the state and nation who need it most and serves as a role model for our students. Dr. Maguire is truly a Great Floridian.”
Dr. Maguire said, “It is indeed an honor and privilege to join the Great Floridians Class of 2013. Improving medical care and accessibility, along with building medical education in the state of Florida continues to be just the right thing to do.”
Dr. Maguire retired from practicing medicine at the age of 70, and has since developed the Charlotte Maguire Endowment Scholarship Fund for medical students at Florida State University. She has also funded and supported the creation of the FSU College of Medicine. In 2005, a ceremony was held naming the “The Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library” in her honor.
Eric J Barron, President of Florida State University said, “Dr. Charlotte Maguire has spent a lifetime as one of the most influential physicians in Florida. A visionary pioneer in medical education as well as an extraordinary teacher, mentor and practitioner, she is a treasured friend to Florida State University. Not only was she instrumental in the creation of our College of Medicine, she continues to guide and support our medical students with passion, and they benefit immeasurably. I can think of no one who more richly deserves this honor.”
The “Great Floridian” designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.
Only 73 individuals since 1981 have been given this distinct honor, and those honorees represent former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes, Florida Supreme Court Justices and others.