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Mayo Ancestors


Location: Phoenix, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2016

Project Team


Bollinger Atelier


Glenna Goodacre


Standing between 9 and 10 feet tall, Mayo Ancestors represents Mayo Clinic Arizona campus’ contribution to the Mayo legacy rendered in sculpture done by the late Glenna Goodacre. Father and sons represent the 3 shields of Mayo Clinic: Practice, education, and research. At their feet you can see the scuffed and well-used doctor’s “black bag,” and Dr. Will Senior’s spectacles dangle from his pocket. Dr. Charlie, draped with a stethoscope, is rendered in surgical scrubs and brandishes scissors. Dr. Will, decked in a suit and tie, clutches a satchel as if rushing off to another important meeting.

Mayo Ancestors statue is permanently located in Heritage Plaza on the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, Arizona, and was commissioned by Laree Perez and Joe and Paulette Maslick.


This limited-edition bronze sculpture-in-the-round was inspired by her recent larger-than-life-size commission for Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona honoring the mission and achievements of a doctor's father and his two doctor sons who were the Founders of Mayo Clinic. After the death of their father Dr. William Worrall Mayo in 1911, the brothers Dr. Charles Horace Mayo and Dr. William James Mayo, continued to evolve the clinic, founded on Sept 30, 1889, that revolutionized medicine and patient care into what would become the first and largest integrated, nonprofit medical group in the world.