Earl Bakken One Man's Full Life


We honor the legacy of our co-founder, Earl Bakken, who passed away in Hawaii.

Remembering Earl

Below is a selection of excerpts from the countless messages we’ve received from patients, providers, employees, and friends of Earl.

Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak and Earl Bakken

Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak and Earl Bakken

The Medtronic medallion that sits on my desk, presented to me by Earl himself, has always been my inspiration and motivation to do my best to serve the Mission.

-Choon Bee Zahn, Medtronic Employee

Next to my father, no one has influenced my life’s work to humanize the delivery of medicine more than Earl Bakken. He was an inspiration, enriching the lives of others around the world. He will be greatly missed.

-Bridget Duffy, MD
Former Medtronic Chairman and CEO  Bill Hawkins and Earl Bakken

Former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Bill Hawkins and Earl Bakken

The Garage Gang

The Garage Gang

Standing: Dale Blosberg, Norman Hagfors, Earl Hatten. Seated: John Bravis, Earl Bakken, Louis Leisch

Earl was always a role model to me as a respected and a wise leader in the medical community, his business ethics, and spirituality. I am privileged to have known and worked for him.

-Dale Blosberg, Retired Employee, Member of the Original "Garage Gang"
Former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Art Collins and Earl Bakken

Former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Art Collins and Earl Bakken

Earl Bakken will go down in history as a bona fide legend in the medical technology industry. He also was a visionary, a very generous philanthropist, and a truly unique human being who directly or indirectly positively touched tens of millions of lives around the world.

-Art Collins, Former Chairman and CEO, Medtronic


Thanks to Earl Bakken, millions of people can live an extra life. I will forever remain touched by his spirit of living on and giving on. Thank you for all you've given us.

-Karla Altmayer, Bakken Invitation Honoree
Earl with Bakken Invitation recipients

Earl with Bakken Invitation recipients

Former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Bill George and Earl Bakken

Former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Bill George and Earl Bakken

I knew after the first few months that this was the company I was meant to work for because of the atmosphere of caring and shared accomplishment. I will forever be grateful for being part of the Medtronic family.

-Becky Carlson, Medtronic Retiree

Honoring EARL

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