Press release from the Musée de la Cade
He was a man before his time. He made groundbreaking discoveries long before phrases like “game changer”, “think outside the box” or “disrupt the status quo” entered our everyday language.
Dr. James Robert Cade sought solutions in the most unexpected places, was a force for good in the community, and challenged stereotypes about what it means to be an inventor and an entrepreneur. He was a doctor, a kidney specialist, who played the violin. He was a scientist, a man of deep faith, a writer, a poet and a collector of vintage cars. He invented a pneumatic football helmet and discovered an autistic link in the amino acid chain of milk proteins.
More famously still, Dr. Cade led the team that formulated the sports drink we now know as Gatorade.
Celebrate the man and the legacy on his birthday, Sunday, September 26. The Cade Museum invites the public to a celebration to commemorate the date that would mark Dr. Cade’s 94th birthday with cupcakes served on the patio from noon to 2 p.m. or as long as stocks last.
In 2004, Dr. Cade and his family created the Cade Museum Foundation to design and build a museum in Gainesville. The Cade Museum, named in honor of the late doctor, opened to the public on May 19, 2018.
“Our museum reflects the unstoppable spirit and fresh ideas of Dr. Cade, as well as his continuing and sincere interest in helping, motivating and encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Stephanie Bailes, President and CEO of the Cade Museum.
Dr. Cade was born September 26, 1927 in San Antonio, Texas. After serving in the Navy at the end of World War II, he attended the University of Texas. In 1953, he married Mary (Strasburger) Cade, a nurse from Dallas. In 1961, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University Hospital in New York City, he accepted a post at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he remained for the rest of his life.
When Dr. Cade invented the Gatorade in 1965, it was a revolutionary invention that spawned a new industry: sports drinks. When the University of Florida first gave Cade’s Gatorade to Gator football players in a game against Louisiana State University in October 1965 in 102-degree heat, the LSU Tigers succumbed to the Gators in the second half. In 1967, when Florida beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Tech coach Bud Carson said his team lost because they didn’t have Gatorade. In 1969, Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram awarded his team’s Super Bowl title to Gatorade. Gatorade became a Super Bowl tradition in 1985 when New York Giants players ditched him to coach Bill Parcells after his team beat the Washington Redskins.
Together, Dr. and Mrs. Cade raised six children and helped raise twenty grandchildren. Dr. Cade passed away in Gainesville on November 27, 2007 and Ms. Cade passed away in Gainesville on September 1, 2021. Dr. and Ms. Cade were philanthropic pillars of the Gainesville community. They provided founding donations to the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and the Cade Museum. The mission of the Cade Museum is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
Dr. Cade would often quote his favorite line from Tennyson’s Odysseus: “I am part of everything I have encountered; yet all experience is an ark in which this unknown world shines, the margin of which is erased forever when I move.
About the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, a museum in Gainesville, Florida, is committed to transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Since its opening in 2018, more than 100,000 visitors have discovered Cade’s unique hands-on programming for children, designed to stimulate the imagination and inspire creativity. Cade’s programs also help build bridges to the innovation economy for those without access, low-income families, underserved communities, and those who need help accessing education and begin the career paths available to them to achieve their dreams. To learn more about the mission of the Cade Museum, visit cademuseum.org. Located at 811 S Main Street, Gainesville, Florida. Opening hours: Thursday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.