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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.


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).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: photography, sports, family traveling.


Married Patricia Christine Wilson, November 9, 1968. Children: Christina, William, John, Timothy, Jennifer, Catherine, Joseph, Daniel.