It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mel Zuckerman, an inspirational health innovator and founder of Canyon Ranch––the world-renowned spa and resort. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Max and Rachel Goldstein, Mel was 94 years old at the time of his death on March 18th 2023 in Tucson Arizona. Passionate about public health from very early on in life, Zuckerman dedicated his legacy to empowering people to make lasting changes for improved wellbeing through physical activity, nutrition education and preventive healthcare. He leaves behind a powerful legacy of committed work towards improving lives by inspiring healthier lifestyles around the globe.
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The legacy of former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona explained his admiration for Mel Zuckerman, the founder of Canyon Ranch, a renowned wellness resort on Tucson’s east side.
Carmona praises Zuckerman for his extraordinary life and significant impact in Tucson, describing him as a “restless visionary” who was ahead of his time.
According to Carmona, it was Zuckerman’s foresight and innovation that paved the way for the entire health and wellness industry.
Transforming personal health challenges into a strength, Zuckerman worked with Carmona to establish Canyon Ranch as an iconic global brand, serving as an inspiration to others around the world.
As a laureate professor at the University of Arizona and a key figure in establishing the Mel and Enid Zuckerman (wife) College of Public Health, Carmona brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of public health.
Alongside his wife Enid, the couple’s philanthropic endeavors extend beyond the walls of academia and into the everyday lives of people in their community.
By incorporating elements of nutrition, physical activity, and support from others at the resort, Carmona ensures that every guest, be it a senior citizen or an athlete, is provided with a comfortable, safe, and nurturing environment to truly thrive in.
Furthermore, Carmona highlights the outstanding philanthropic efforts of Mel and Enid Zuckerman, who established the southwest’s first accredited College of Public Health with a generous $10 million endowment in 2000.
The Zuckermans’ substantial contributions extend beyond the realm of academia, touching various aspects of society and leaving a lasting positive impact on numerous individuals and communities.
Mel Zuckerman was an inspirational health innovator who dedicated his life to improving the wellbeing of individuals around the world. His legacy lives on through Canyon Ranch and its impactful programs, as well as the $10 million endowment he and wife Enid donated to establish the first accredited College of Public Health in Arizona. As a restless visionary whose foresight shaped today’s entire health and wellness industry, Zuckerman will continue to be remembered for inspiring healthier lifestyles globally. He leaves behind an extraordinary life filled with endless contributions that have profoundly impacted people from all walks of life. May we honor him by striving towards healthy living every day!