Sen. John McCain passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the age of 81 at his home in Arizona. The news led to tributes and condolences from across the globe in memory of the senator who touched the lives of countless people. In response to this news, John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, and Wyatt Decker, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic, issued the following statements to honor his service and friendship in support of Mayo Clinic.
Our hearts go out to the family of Sen. John McCain and the people of Arizona. He was every bit a statesman as he was a kind, no-nonsense, and authentic human being. We had the privilege of working closely with Sen. McCain over the years to address issues of great importance to the health and well-being of Arizonans and all Americans. We saw firsthand his deep commitment to serving our country, his courage in personal and professional pursuits and the true compassion that set him apart. It was our privilege to know Sen. McCain as a patient and a community partner, and we are thankful for his enduring example of putting the needs of others before his own.
John Noseworthy, M.D.
President and CEO, Mayo Clinic
All of us at Mayo Clinic are deeply saddened at the passing of Sen. John McCain. We are grateful to him for his warm, genuine friendship and support. Many of our staff hold dearly their memorable interactions with the senator over the years. We knew him as a fierce advocate for health care and a tireless supporter for veterans and their right to quality care. He also spread the word about the importance of staying active, healthy and practicing sun safety. We have so appreciated our friendship with Sen. McCain and his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, including many caregivers and physicians at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Wyatt Decker, M.D.
Vice President, Mayo Clinic
CEO, Mayo Clinic in Arizona