Remembering Cleone Peterson Eccles
| Apr 9, 2013 10:00 AM
There are few people in the world who touch so many lives, with the generosity, grace, and dedication of Cleone Peterson Eccles, whose passing on April 5 we mourn with great sadness. As President Pershing so eloquently wrote:
“The University of Utah family mourns the loss of Cleone Peterson Eccles. Her innumerable contributions and generosity of spirit have made The University of Utah and the State of Utah a better place. A graduate of the U, Cleone never strayed far from her alma mater and we will miss her ever-gracious presence. She demonstrated her love for the university by serving in numerous capacities over the years including as Vice President of the U’s Alumni Association and a dedicated and effective member of the Board of Trustees. The recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in 2004 for her decades of selfless service, Cleone Eccles defined dignity and devotion. Her legacy and that of the Eccles family will forever be felt on our campus."
Many of us on the Health Sciences campus, knew Mrs. Eccles as a civic leader and a philanthropist, one who championed the cause of the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building. The Eccles Family Generations Bridge bonds this building to the Spencer S. Eccles Library.
Should you find yourself crossing that bridge in the near future, I recommend that you stop and take a moment out of your busy days to take in its symbolic meaning.
The plaque attached to the bridge, reads:
In loving memory of their grandparents, Spencer Stoddard and Hope Fox Eccles, and in recognition of their parents, Spencer Fox and Cleone Peterson Eccles, this bridge symbolically spans two generations of Eccles Family support for health sciences education at the University of Utah, and is dedicated to the next generation of Eccles children, Hope Eccles Quarles, Lisa Eccles, Katie Eccles Burnett, and Spencer Peterson Eccles.
This bridge connects more than these two buildings. It connects a legacy of parents to children and grandparents to grandchildren. And, for all of us mourning the loss of Cleone Peterson Eccles, the Eccles Family Generations Bridge connects us to the love and compassion Mrs. Eccles tendered in her own family and generously shared with us.
It was in this spirit, her spirit, that Cleone Peterson Eccles shared with us the resources we needed to teach. To research. To learn. To heal. To make the world better. She touched our lives and our students’ lives. And through us all, she touched countless others.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Cleone Peterson Eccles, and with great fervor that we will continue her ardor for education, her desire to make life better, and her compassion for the world around her.
Author: Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
About the Author: Dr. Vivian S. Lee is the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. Read her full bio herecomments powered by Disqus