Oct. 13, 2000
Rob Muilenburg remembered at services Oct. 11
Muilenburg died of brain cancer at age 59 on Sept. 20 after serving 22 years as UW Medical Center executive director. UW Medical Center staff, UW health sciences faculty and colleagues from the local community and across the country attended his memorial service Oct.11 in Meany Hall.
Among the speakers was UW President Richard McCormick, who said, "Rob taught each of us different things, in many different ways, but above all, he taught us the value of being what he was -- first, last and always, a people person."
Paul Ramsey, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said, "Rob was truly one of the best hospital administrators in America. He cared deeply about making UW Medical Center one of the best hospitals in the country, and he achieved that goal over the course of his tenure as executive director."
Dick Davidson, president of the American Hospital Association; Leo F. Greenawalt, president of the Washington State Hospital Association; Ernesta Ballard, former UW Medical Center Board Chair; Samantha Muilenburg, granddaughter of Rob Muilenburg; John A. Coulter, associate vice president for medical affairs and executive director, UW Health Sciences Administration; and Kathleen Sellick, associate executive director and chief operating officer, UW Medical Center, told the many ways Muilenburg had influenced their lives and the world of academic medicine.
Music for the service was performed by the UW School of Music Student String Quartet and Mallet Jazz Ensemble, pianist Allen Howe, director of marketing, contracting, payor relations and development support for UW Medical Center, and singer George Grant, husband of UW Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant. Jin-Hwa Chon, a UW piano doctoral student, played the UW carillon.
A video of Muilenburg photos, from his boyhood on an Iowa farm, his courting of his wife, Jude, his time as a student writing at the kitchen table while his twins played on his shoulders, his early years at UW Medical Center, the groundbreaking of the UW Medical Center addition, a "hats off to Rob" salute at the medical center's Summer 2000 festival, and a last portrait with his family, was shown at the service.
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