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Mayne Heritage Society

Amilu Stewart, ACS Foundation Chair, presents William Sternfeld, MD, FACS, with a recognition award for his legacy gift commitment The Mayne Heritage Society is a donor recognition program; members are individuals who wish to support the mission of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) through a planned gift of estate commitment.

The requirements for membership are:

  • Naming the American College of Surgeons as a beneficiary in your will or living trust, or
  • Establishing a planned gift of any type or size to benefit the American College of Surgeons.

The most important benefit you will receive from joining the Mayne Heritage Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to the College’s long-term success and continued growth as it safeguards the standards of the surgical profession and patient care.

Additionally, you will receive

  • Year-round communications from the Foundation, keeping you up-to-date on how philanthropy is making an impact for the College
  • An invitation to the annual Fellows Leadership Society Luncheon, held each year in conjunction with Clinical Congress
  • Recognition, with your permission, on the Foundation’s website and special listing in the Annual Report (the details of your planned gift will not be shared)
  • Commemorative Certificate

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your gift plans, please contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338, or via e-mail at You may also visit our interactive guide to planned giving.

Earl Mayne, MD, FACS

About Earl Mayne, MD, FACS

The Mayne Heritage Society was named after Earl Mayne, MD, FACS, to recognize Dr. Mayne’s visionary gift to the College – the first Fellow to make a planned gift with the College as beneficiary. 

As part of his estate plan, Earl H. Mayne, MD, FACS established a trust in 1944 with $64,461 of stock and named the American College of Surgeons as a beneficiary. Dr. Mayne felt that supporting the research and educational programs of the College was one of the best ways to foster future development of the surgical sciences.

From 1944 to 1994, earnings from the Mayne Educational Fund were used for medical scholarships supporting approximately 2,900 medical students. As directed by Dr. Mayne’s trust, in 1994 the American College of Surgeons received $1,150,000 from the Mayne Educational Fund to support, in perpetuity, future programs of the College.

Born October 19, 1866, Earl Mayne was the youngest of eight children and resided with his family on a farm near Mason City, Iowa. It was here that Mayne learned the values of industry, self-reliance, and self-respect. He was inspired to go to college by Miss Carrie Lane, the young principal of Mason City High School. Later, she became the world-famous Carrie Chapman Catt, leader of the women’s rights movement.

Intent on education, Earl Mayne paid his own way through college and simultaneously paid the expenses of a hired man who took his place working on the family farm. After completing engineering courses at the University of Iowa he worked for six years as a civil engineer until he saved enough money to attend Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City, where he graduated in 1893.

Dr. Mayne ultimately moved to Bath Beach, a suburb of Brooklyn, NY, where as a young doctor he made his rounds on bicycle. He was a pioneer and reformer in protective and preventative health measures. He was one of the founders of the Bay Ridge Hospital in Brooklyn and for many years was the president of its board of directors. He held the presidency of the Bay Ridge Medical Society and a Governorship in the American College of Surgeons. He practiced until 1948, a year before his death.

Current Members

Gifts through wills, known as bequests, are one of the easiest ways to make a planned gift to the College. Simply

  • Ask your estate planning attorney to add this suggested wording to your will or living trust: 
    “I give to the American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Ill., (the sum of $--- or --- percent of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) for its general purposes.”
  • Next, notify the American College of Surgeons Foundation to ensure that your intentions as a benefactor are confirmed and recognized, or if you prefer, kept anonymous.