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Jack C. Bailey
May 26, 1941 - Sept. 9, 2012
The Lord called Jack Collis Bailey home on 9 September 2012 as he peacefully passed on in the arms of his loving wife, Dr. Marsha Nunley Bailey. A magnanimous presence, Jack embodied greatness in the eyes of his family as well as the many people he touched both personally and professionally as a hospital administrator of 46 years. With a proud stature and commanding presence, Jack always remained at his essence, intent on living a life of reflection, self improvement and devotion to his Faith.
These virtues live on in his vast legacy through his children and 20 grandchildren. Mourning his loss, but remembering his lessons are his children Deborah Bailey, Alison Vercruysse (Craig), Muffi Guibert (Samuel), Wesley "Chip" Bailey, Justin Bailey (Keri), Stacy Anderson (Rod) and Sara Kureska (Kirk).
A proud Texan, Jack was born in San Antonio on 26 May 1941 to the late Jack Wesley Bailey, and now 92-year old Mary Helen Kirkes, whom Jack called every evening until the last days of his life. He was the proud stepson and longtime golf pal of the late Victor Kirkes who introduced him to golf in junior high school and instilled in him a life-long love for the game. His adoring siblings, Vicki Reese (Butch), the late Alan Kirkes and Richard Bailey (Annabelle) as well as dear friend, John McKenzie, will miss him deeply.
A self-made man, Jack enlisted in the Air Force ROTC program at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where he graduated in 1963. As a faithful brother of Sigma Chi fraternity, Jack made many lifelong friends. His love of God, family and friends was closely followed by his love for his country. With over 30 years of service, Jack rose to the rank of full Colonel following assignments overseas and as a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
His commitment to a life of service as a hospital administrator began following completion of his MBA from George Washington University in 1965. Rising quickly in the leadership ranks, Jack led several hospitals in Texas until a consulting assignment brought him to California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco in 1994. Never feigning a challenge, Jack led the turnaround of CPMC from the brink of bankruptcy to being recognized as one of the nation's leading medical centers in every regard. His singular purpose was putting patients at the center of CPMC's mission while at the same time spending countless hours in bringing out the best in everyone around him. Simply put, Jack expected you to realize the greatness that dwells within you. That was his gift to the world and remains his legacy.
A California memorial service will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 12th at 11:00 am. A Texas memorial service will be at Escondido in Horseshoe Bay, Texas on Sunday, October 14th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CPMC's Coming Home Hospice in Jack's memory (http://www.cpmc.org/giving/jackbailey.html ) or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org).
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 11, 2012