FLOR500, Garden 213 Jack Eckerd, Businessman, Philanthropist (1913–2004) Jack Eckerd was born in Delaware. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II. In 1952 he moved to Florida, and started Eckerd Drug Stores with three stores. He turned it into a major drugstore chain, based in Clearwater. Eckerd donated to many causes, including Florida Presbyterian College which later became Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and the Ruth Eckerd Hall, a performing arts center in Clearwater named after his wife. He also founded programs to help at-risk children.
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Jack Eckerd, Businessman, Philanthropist

(1913–2004)

Jack Eckerd was born in Delaware. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II. In 1952 he moved to Florida, and started Eckerd Drug Stores with three stores. He turned it into a major drugstore chain, based in Clearwater. Eckerd donated to many causes, including Florida Presbyterian College which later became Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and the Ruth Eckerd Hall, a performing arts center in Clearwater named after his wife. He also founded programs to help at-risk children. 


























































































































































 

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