Former WHA Chair Eugene “Gene” W. Arnett, 84, of Medford, passed away January 21, 2017 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford. Gene was WHA Chair in 1970 and he chaired the AHA Board in 1988. Gene was the president of Memorial Hospital of Taylor County from 1962 until his retirement in 1997.
Gene chaired the Tri State Association in 1973, received the WHA Harold Coombs Award for distinguished service in 1975, and he was also named Medford Man of the Year. He proudly served his country in the Wisconsin National Guard for 23 years where he earned the rank of major.
After graduating from Central State Teachers College, Gene went on to the University of Iowa where he received a master’s degree in hospital administration.