Boone Powell Sr., the 84-year-old patriarch of Baylor University Medical Center, died last week in his sleep at his home in Dallas.
He served as Baylor's chief executive officer from 1948 until 1975. He officially retired in 1983. At the time of his death, he was president emeritus of the Dallas medical center.
Powell was a member of the inaugural class of the Health Care Hall of Fame in 1988. At the induction in Philadelphia, he was one of two living members of the class of 10. He had won numerous awards and served as president of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
A leader in educating healthcare professionals, Powell in 1947 created the nation's first administrative residency program. He also started a dietitian internship.
Powell had a hand in building four of the five hospitals now part of Baylor. Under his tenure, the medical center grew from 200 beds to more than 1,000 in 1974.
Called "Papa Bear" around the Baylor campus, Powell took a personal interest in the comfort of patients and visitors. He ordered fountains to be installed on the campus and had murals painted in treatment areas.
Powell's son, Boone Powell Jr., is president and CEO of Baylor University Medical Center. The elder Powell is survived by his wife and two other children.