In Memoriam: Dr. Jack McConnell, Volunteers in Medicine Founder

The Board, staff and community of Volunteers in Medicine mourn the death of our founder, Dr. Jack McConnell, who passed away on February 6. Dr. McConnell was a tireless advocate for the uninsured and undeserved. He was a resolute in his belief that everyone deserves access to compassionate, quality health care.

He recognized that bringing community together to care for its neighbors improves not only health of those who receive the care, but also the well-being and fulfillment of the care givers. He believed that people’s talents should be harnessed as they age, not wasted.

As a result of Dr. McConnell’s vision, there are now 89 Volunteers in Medicine free health care clinics in 28 states throughout the country. Hundreds of thousands of people who were previously without a regular source of health care have been treated. Tens of thousands of volunteers have experienced the joy of serving.

We join all who knew Dr. McConnell to celebrate his extraordinary achievements. We vow to honor his profound legacy by continuing our pursuit of health care access for all.