May 20, 2004
WASHINGTON, MAY 20, 2004-Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, today issued the following statement on the passing of honorary Heritage Trustee Jack Eckerd:
"Few embodied that all-American 'can-do' spirit of free enterprise and individual accomplishment better than Jack Eckerd. A self-made businessman who gave generously to his community, he exemplified what makes America great. His is a classic success story. His achievements in the public and private spheres-from launching the drug-store chain that bears his name to establishing a camp for troubled children and contributing so freely to local charities and to Eckerd College, which he rescued from bankruptcy in 1971-will continue inspiring others to build, innovate and serve.
"We at The Heritage Foundation owe Jack a special debt of
gratitude. It was Jack who, while serving on our Board of Trustees
in 1979, suggested that we draw up a plan of action that would help
a conservative president succeed in office. That resulted in our
first 'Mandate for Leadership,' a comprehensive policy guide dubbed
the "bible" of the Reagan administration by The
Washington Post-a guide that put Heritage on the map. For
that, and for countless other contributions, we'll always be
grateful to Jack."