William Graham, a member of the Health Care Hall of Fame and former chief of Baxter International, died Tuesday of heart failure at his home in north suburban Chicago. He was 94. Graham joined Baxter, based in Deerfield, Ill., in 1945, and under his leadership, the company introduced a number of medical innovations, including a hemophilia-clotting factor and the first artificial kidney. He became chief executive officer of the company in 1953 and held that title until 1980. He also served as Baxter's board chairman from 1971 until 1985 and as senior chairman until 1996. "His visionary leadership and never-ending pursuit of innovation for the good of the patient changed the course of modern healthcare and helped save, extend and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world," Baxter's current chairman and CEO, Robert Parkinson Jr., said in a news release. -- by Mark Taylor
Longtime Baxter leader Graham dies at 94
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