Hepner, James O. "Jim"
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Apr. 24, 1933 - May 30, 2013
James O. Hepner, Ph.D., 80, of Nokomis, FL passed away May 30, 2013 from pneumonia and complications of Parkinson's disease. Jim served in the U.S. Marine Corps, as an infantry platoon commander and a captain in the active reserve. He received the MHA degree from Washington University School of Medicine, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa. Dr. Jim was appointed the first full time director of the graduate program, the position he held until 2000. He became Professor Emeritus and is the only professor of Health Administration in the Medical School.
Dr. Hepner was the first full-time university faculty member in the American College of Health Care Executives' eighty-year history to be elected Chairman of the Board of Governors in this professional society. The College presented him with their Silver Medal Award for outstanding excellence in health services administration. He served as Consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, and to the U.S. Air Force Surgeons General. He is a recipient of the Air Force Medical Service Corps' Gold Medal for Leadership and Excellence. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Health Care Leadership Award by the Hospital Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Also, the Washington University Health Administration Alumni Association has presented him with their Distinguished Alumnus Award.
From 1999 through 2005, he served as Physician Executive Liaison at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. He also served on Florida's Sterling Award Board.
Professor Hepner is survived by his wife, Lynn (Whitbeck) Hepner; a son, James H.T. Hepner and granddaughter, Tegan Hepner, both of Minneapolis; daughters, Lauren T. Brightwell of Chicago and Kate J. Brightwell of Austin, TX.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Tuesday, June 4th at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. A Requiem Mass will be held at The Church of the Redeemer, 11:30 AM, Wednesday, June 5th followed by burial at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior's Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Neuro Challenge Foundation of Sarasota, 4411 Bee Ridge Road, #246, Sarasota, FL 34233.
Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory
265 South Nokomis Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
Published in Herald Tribune from June 4 to June 5, 2013