Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Mayo Clinic plans to honor the nation’s 41st President by illuminating the top of the Plummer Building with red, white, and blue lights on Wednesday evening. Flags throughout the Mayo Clinic campus will also be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of George H.W. Bush, who passed last Friday at 94-years-old.

Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy issued a statement expressing the healthcare provider’s deepest condolences to the Bush family. He noted Mr. and Mrs. Bush had a long and close relationship with the Mayo Clinic. Barbara Bush, who passed away earlier this year, served on the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2001. For many years, the former First Couple even opened their home in Maine to Mayo benefactors for events supporting the Mayo Clinic’s mission.

The Mayo Clinic leader’s statement also notes an endowment was established in honor of President and Mrs. Bush in 2010 named the George H.W. and Barbara P. Bush Strategic Initiative Fund in Education. Just last year, the former President and his wife launched the George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Scholarship to assist one student each year at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

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