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Dean Emerson Grant

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Dean Emerson Grant

Born: October 3, 1943; in Concord, MA

Died: May 10, 2018; in McHenry, IL

Dean Emerson Grant, the former President and CEO of the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network, passed away at the age of 74 at White Oaks in McHenry, Illinois, surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

He was born on October 3, 1943 in Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts to Dr. Roald and Lydia (Hoersch) Grant while his father, a captain in the Navy, had been stationed aboard the USS Massachusetts during World War II. He grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, Bethesda, Maryland, Weston, Connecticut, Westport, Illinois, before his family settled in New York City in 1952. He graduated from Collegiate High School in New York City in 1961 after playing on the prep school's football team. He later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He married Jeanne Hilda Conklin on December 23, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Together they had two children, Deanna and Donald.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, their two children, and five grandchildren, a sister-in-law, and seven nieces and nephews, and eight grand nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and all three of his siblings, Roald, Jr (1962), Gale (1991) and Danae (2010); as well as a nephew, Keith Owen Stewart (2008); and brother-in-law, Lloyd Conklin (2012).

Grant helped shape the direction of the hospital network in the northwest suburbs of Chicago during an unprecedented period of growth during his 36 year-long career as Hospital Administrator at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where he ultimately rose through the ranks to become President and CEO of Alexian Brothers Health Health Systems. He retired in 2007. A charismatic hospital executive who had long cared about the direction of the industry, Grant wrote a well-received and thought-provoking book in 1979 entitled "How to Negotiate Physicians' Contracts". He was also the founder and publisher of American Nursing News, also known as "ANN-Midwest", in 1980. It was a popular newspaper for two years that reported on issues facing nurses in the Chicago area and further afield, in particular focusing on the worsening shortage of professional nurses.

Grant also co-founded and served as the CEO of ExecuMed in 1981. It was a company based in Schaumburg, Illinois that helped hospitals and private practices find and recruit the best-available physicians for their institutions. He was also a CEO of another company called Critical Care Inc. At Alexian, he helped developed state of the art programs and facilities.

He got an early introduction to the work of the medical community at home as his father was a surgeon and his mother was a nurse. One of his first summer jobs as a high school student in New York was working as an ambulance driver. A sailing enthusiast in his youth, he built a sailboat from scratch at his family's summer cottage at the age of 15 in Sayville, Long Island. He also worked abroad at Saint Thomas Hospital in London, England from 1969 to 1970.

As Administrator at Alexian Brothers, he oversaw a period of enormous growth for the network of hospitals in Illinois, San Jose, California, Newark, New Jersey, and St. Louis, Missouri. He helped make Alexian Brothers a household name beyond its base in Elk Grove, Illinois as a driving force behind the decision in 2000 to purchase the naming rights to the AAA minor league baseball stadium in Schaumburg, which was the home for the Schaumburg Flyers from its opening through the end of the 2010 season, and is now known as Boomers Stadium and the home of the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team.

An energetic man with penetrating bright blue eyes along with a warm heart, boundless generosity and friendly smile, Grant was a devoted husband and father who took a deep interest in the lives, interests and career development of his children, his siblings' children, his grandchildren and youth. He was also a dedicated, if long-suffering, fan of the Chicago Bears who relished and cherished the memories of their Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots in 1986. Despite his fondness for the Midwest and his home in North Barrington, Illinois, where he and his family settled in 1972, Grant was an avid traveler who attended a world health congress event in Bolivia and also visited China, Germany, Britain, and much of Europe as well as other countries in South America, Vietnam and Thailand.

Grant is survived by his wife, Jeanne Conklin Grant; daughter, Deanna Lynn Cummings (Micky); son, Donald D. Grant (Susan); grandsons, Gary Michael and Grant Edward Cummings, and James Emerson Grant (son of Don and Susan K Grant); granddaughters, Delaney Lynn Cummings and Cheryl Lee Grant (daughter of Don and Susan K Grant). He is also survived by sister-in-law, Mai Tran Conklin; and nephew, Keith. Nieces include: Ingrid Kirschbaum and her daughter, Katherine Odell, Karin Scandella, Erin Conklin, and Kelly Tidwell (Jay); children, Josh, Becca and Kat. Nephews include, Erik Kirschbaum and his children, Steven, Julie, Lukas and Finn; and Gregg Stewart.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations made to a .

Cremation was private. Burial of cremains will be in Grahamsville Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville, NY at later date.

The Grant family would like to thank Advocate Hospice (Fran, Susan, Crissa and Mary Boyd) and Gil Arroyo and all of the exceptional staff at White Oaks of McHenry for their dedication to Dean's care and our family's peace of mind.

Services were entrusted to Northern Illinois Funeral Services, Inc., Cathy Ann Daniel, Funeral Director, 31632 N. Ellis Drive, Unit 209, Volo, IL 60073. 847-833-2928.
Published in the Northwest Herald from May 18 to May 19, 2018
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