Retired hospital executive Charles Windsor, 76, a pioneer in inner-city healthcare who broke many racial barriers, died Monday in Oakland, Calif. During his 40-year career in hospital administration, Windsor led Harlem Hospital Center, New York; Kings County Hospital Center, New York; LAC-King-Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles; San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center; and St. Mary's Hospital of East St. Louis (Ill.), from which he retired in 1994. Windsor and his wife of 52 years, Nancy, moved to Oakland after he retired. "It gives me a warm feeling to know how many people he reached," Nancy Windsor said. A University of Iowa graduate and the son of a pharmacist, Windsor began his career as a social worker with Los Angeles County before entering hospital administration. He served on the board of the Catholic Health Association and on the task force that drafted a healthcare reform plan under former President Clinton. Friend and fellow healthcare executive Thomas Chapman, president of the HSC Foundation in Washington, said Windsor "was totally dedicated to public health. Working for public hospitals he took a lot of knocks, but Chuck just kept getting back up." -- by Mark Taylor
40-year hospital veteran, inner-city advocate dies
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