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William Eugene Kessler

William Eugene Kessler was American healthcare executive. Decorated Army Commendation medal; recipient Alton Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service award, Alumni Merit award St. Louis University, 1994; named Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, 1997; recipient Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross Pope John Paul II, 2002, Mercy High School, Alumni Merit award, 2002.


  • Kessler, William Eugene was born on December 15, 1944 in St. Louis. Son of Joseph John and Margaret Mary (Burns) Kessler.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Commerce, St. Louis University, 1966. Master of Health Administration, St. Louis University, 1968. Message Telecommunications Service, Quincy University, 2006.


    • Various positions St. John's Hospital, St. Louis, 1963-1967. Administrative resident St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1967-1968. President St. Anthony's Health Center, Alton, Illinois, 1971—2007.

      Chairman, professor and technical advisory committee Joint Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Organization, 1990-1994. Speaker professional and community settings, since 1972. Preceptor St. Louis University, 1980-2006, University Missouri, Columbia, 1991.

      Board director Hospital Association Metropolitan St. Louis, 1975-1985.


    Admissions advisor United States Military Academy, 1973-1983. Treasurer, board director Catholic Childrens' Home Alton, 1981-1989. Vice president diocesan board education Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, 1981-1982, president 1982-1984, member board education 1986-1992.

    Member diocesan finance council, since 1987. Ordained permanent deacon Catholic Church, 2007. Deacon, St. Ambrose Parish, since 2008.

    Chairman American Red Cross, Alton, 1983-1985. Board director American Cancer Society, Alton, 1984-1990. President St. Louis Metropolitan Hospital Council, 1996.

    Served to captain United States Army, 1968-1971. Fellow: American College Healthcare Executives (regent's advisory council 1987-1993, nominating committee 1991-1994, regent 2002, chair ethics committee, Regent's award, Senior Healthcare Executive of the Year award 1993). Member: Council Regents, Southwestern Illinois Industrial Association (executive committee 1983-1988, board directors since 1989, chairman 1997), St. Louis University Hospital Administrn.

    Alumni Association (president 1978), Catholic Health Association United States of America (board directors since 1987, executive committee 1989-1992, chairman-elect since 1990, chair 1991), Illinois Hospital Association (executive committee 1981-1986, chairman 1984-1985), American Hospital Association (House of Delegates 1984-1988), Stadium (St. Louis), Rotary (president Alton chapter 1981-1982, Paul Harris fellow 1985), Rotary (president Alton chapter 1981-1982, Paul Harris fellow 1979, 1985).



    Avocations: photography, sports, family traveling.


    • Married Patricia Christine Wilson, November 9, 1968. Children: Christina, William, John, Timothy, Jennifer, Catherine, Joseph, Daniel.
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    Born December 15, 1944
    (age 72)