A former president and CEO of what is now Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville has died.
Eugene Pritchard was 80. He died Thursday, July 11, at the Autumn Leaves assisted living facility in Vernon Hills, where he'd been living for about a year.
Pritchard served as Condell's president from 1976 to 2006, according to the hospital.
"He loved what he did," said his daughter, Cynthia Keilwitz, of Round Lake Beach.
Pritchard previously had been a vice president at Highland Park Hospital, Keilwitz said.
Condell grew dramatically during his tenure. Home pharmacy and health care programs launched, the Centre Club on the Libertyville campus opened, and acute care centers opened throughout Lake County.
In 2003, the hospital celebrated a 190,000-square-foot expansion.
"He definitely helped lay the foundation for the regional medical center that we are today," Condell spokesman Josh McColough said.
The hospital became part of the Advocate Health Care chain in 2008.
Born in Chicago, Pritchard was a U.S. Army veteran. He earned degrees from DePaul University and the University of Chicago.
He later lived in Arlington Heights, Libertyville and Lincolnshire.
Keilwitz described her dad as very kind and funny. Pritchard taught his kids how to swim and he coached their baseball teams, she said.
Pritchard had been a member of the Libertyville Rotary Club and the GLMV Chamber of Commerce.
His survivors include four children, six grandchildren and a sister.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. A service is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL, 60631.