College of Public Health
"I think the libraries are a good example. A lot of people want our libraries to grow; we think they are good the way they are, but there is a lot we could do to make them better, and we are "
Dr. Charles Mahan has made donations of his personal belongings to the Special Collections Department of the USF Libraries. One of these Collections does not involve his passion for Public Health, it does not relate to his medical degree in Obstetrics, his time as Dean of the USF College of Public Health, or his experience as the Director of Florida Department of Health. This specific Special Collection is rooted in something aside from this career in Medicine.
"I was always interested in cartooning...I taught myself by tracing ...when I was a kid, I started entering national cartooning contests for kids, and winning them, and then when I was 7, Snow White was re-issued in the movie theatres... and I had never seen anything like that, I was just totally amazed, and really got into the animation idea. I actually got to the point where I helped to pay my way through Medical School by making Christmas cards that were medically orientated cartoons."
After seeing Snow White as a child Charles Mahan started writing to the large animation studios, Warner Bros. and Disney, "...just asking the animators for a piece of their work, and I would usually be very specific, I would write them a letter about how much I admired their work, and said I really liked this character, and they would send them to me, for free". Over the past fifty years, Dr. Mahan has built up quite a collection of original art (cartoon art, editorial cartoons, comic strips, etc.) which he has recently generously donated to the USF Library.
In addition to his unique Special Collection, Dr. Mahan has contributed financially to USF every year since he started here as the Dean of the College of Public Health because he sees USF as a community, "I really like the idea of the Faculty & Staff Campaign, because of the idea that employees would help to support good causes at the University." He has found a number of 'good causes' to support from scho arships, to te College of Public Health, various Center here on campus, and the USF Libraries, Dr. Mahan has been a loyal and generous donor to USF.
Return to Donor