Charlotte Maguire's parents always told her when she was growing up that she could do anything in life if she set her mind to it.
She really took that advice to heart.
Thursday, Dr. Maguire was recognized as a visionary pioneer in medical education as Gov. Rick Scott gave her a prestigious "Great Floridian" award.
Dr. Maguire helped start two medical schools in Florida, treated many disabled children for free in her own practice, and was one of the highest ranking women in the federal government in the 1970s.
She opened her pediatric office in 1944 and practiced for 50 years. Maguire also helped create medical schools at the University of Florida and Florida State.
She even donated her own money to help start FSU's College of Medicine, and is often referred to as "The Mother of the FSU Medical School."
" We worked and we worked and we met and we went to the Legislature. We did all the things we're supposed to do and look what we have. Here it is," Maguire said.
Governor Scott praised her for being actively involved with students.
"Fittingly, she's often referred to as the mother of Florida's medical school. To this day, Dr. Maguire remains actively involved with students and has become an advocate for access to primary health care and quality of life for seniors," Scott said.
Dr. Maguire becomes the 74th Floridian to receive this honor since 1981.
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