Chris Decker, Long-time Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin CEO and Close Colleague of WHA, Passes

August 06, 2019

Wisconsin’s health care and advocacy community lost one of its best leaders last week. Chris Decker, CEO of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, passed away on July 30 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Chris was just 54 years old.

“Chris was one of the best in our business, a truly outstanding leader and mentor by example to many of us. He cultivated partnerships and friendships, valued collaboration and always sought to lift those around him,” said WHA President and long-time colleague Eric Borgerding. “He was a leader in every way, and his strength, humility, and genuine care for his friends and colleagues during his career and throughout his illness and treatment was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and to those who had the true privilege of working with him.”

Chris became CEO of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) not long after completing his pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa, going on to lead the PSW for nearly 30 years. In that time, he built the PSW into one of Wisconsin’s most respected and impactful health care professional and advocacy organizations. In recognition of his work and influence on so many, Chris recently received the Certificate of Merit Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.

“Chris was a trusted colleague and dear friend. He will be deeply missed, but leaves a lasting legacy of leadership and excellence. He will always be appreciated and remembered for his contributions to his profession and, especially, his steadfast support of and friendship with his peers. The WHA staff and our members extend our deepest condolences to Chris’ family and his colleagues at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin,” said Borgerding.
 

This story originally appeared in the August 06, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter