Dr. Jack McConnell, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
When Dr. Jack McConnell retired to a luxurious home nestled on a golf course in Hilton Head, S.C. in 1989, he decided retirement wasn't all it was cracked up to be. “At that time I was 67. My golf handicap was going down, my waistline was going up, and I thought, 'can it be that I worked 35 years for this?'” Little could he have guessed that he was about to embark on the most rewarding phase of his life.
As a child, Jack was influenced by his father, a Methodist minister who never made over $150 a month. “Daddy never had a car. He said he couldn’t put his seven children through college and support Mr. Ford at the same time. But six of us graduated from college, four went on to get masters degrees, and three completed doctorates.” At dinner, the elder Mr. McConnell would ask each of his children: “What did you do for someone today?” As the years passed into decades, that question stuck with Jack. "What did I do for someone today?’…”