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Estate auction reveals Floyd Loop and Bernadine Healy as a prominent but private couple

GATES MILLS, Ohio -- Dr. Floyd Loop was sometimes thanked in unusual ways for his lifesaving work as a heart surgeon. From the president of the Philippines came a footlocker-size humidor full of hand-rolled cigars. A thoracic surgeon in China gave him the wooden carving of a leaping horse. A tour of the Loop house turns up an exotic curved dagger and scabbard, giver unknown, and a framed silk weaving that bears the likenesses of Loop and his wife, Bernadine Healy. Some items are mementos of value mainly to Loop, the former CEO of the Cleveland Clinic who died in June, and to Healy, the cardiologist and academic who headed the National Institutes of Health and the American Red Cross. She died

Reporters' Notebook: A taste of the lifestyle of the rich and famous

Those interested in getting an up close look at the personal lives of one of Cleveland's most prominent power couples — Dr. Floyd “Fred” Loop and Dr. Bernadine Healy — can do so at a public auction of contents of their estate on Saturday, Aug. 29, at their sprawling, 40-acre property in Gates Mills. Loop, who died earlier this year, was the former Cleveland Clinic CEO who many credit with transforming the hospital system into a regional health care powerhouse. Healy, who died in 2011, was the first woman to head the National Institutes of Health, the former head of the American Red Cross and an adviser to president Ronald Reagan. “This is a snapshot of their life,” said Richard “Jeff” Jeffer

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