OBITUARY

Roger Stephen SCHENKE

January 8, 1942October 19, 2020

Roger Stephen SCHENKE was born on January 8, 1942 and passed away on October 19, 2020 and is under the care of Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood.

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Carol Stephenson DeBunda

November 17, 2020

My husband, Bud Stephenson, was a classmate & friend of Roger. at Pennsylvania Military College in Chester, PA. I dated Bud throughout his college years so I got to know Roger very well. We always teased him that we were secretly married (we weren't) and he teased us relentlessly about it. We tried to reconnect over the years to no avail, but I am so happy to learn of his impact on so many people in his lifetime. He was always a favorite of ours. Unfortunately, my husband was killed in Vietnam on Feb. 23, 1966 but I'd like to think that Buddy & Roger have reunited in heaven. May he RIP and may his family know that he was loved my many from afar.

John Johnson

October 30, 2020

It was the 70s & 80's, Am Assoc of Medical Directors which later morphed to its present state. I was on the Board of Dir of the Am Coll of Emergency Physicians and often found myself at meetings with Roger. We became friends. I recall sitting with him in the lounge of the Four Seasons in Dallas after dinner. Masters of Business for physician leaders was being encouraged. I asked him if I should pursue. He asked if I wanted a piece of paper on my wall. I said no. So why would you want a degree? Knowledge was my reply. He wisely said you have been in management for 10+ years - physician groups, hospitals, national organizations, and Bethlehem Steel. If someone is looking to hire you - they won't care about the piece of paper - they will check your references. If you were a young physician, no experience, then the paper would be all that they would have. I started through the PIM courses and became certified, fellow and emeritus over the years. Saw Roger several times each year. Met some wonderful faculty like Leland Kaiser. Wonderful experiences. Wonderful advice. So sorry for your family loss and the loss of a great visionary mentor to physicians.

Coley Duncan

October 29, 2020

I wish to express my great gratitude to Roger Schenke for the impact the organization he founded, now called the American Association for Physician Leaders (AAPL), has had on my career and my life. The training I received was of the highest caliber. The extensive CME training and the Master of Medical Management opened doors for me and allowed me to enter and move upward in physician leadership. My association with AAPL is the inflection point of my career success which has been a great benefit to me and my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Roger Schenke. You have been a blessing in my life.

Randy Bickle

October 28, 2020

When I first entered a leadership role in the early 1990's I became a member of the then ACPE. I met Roger in 1995 at one of the meetings and he was such a positive influence for me in developing my leadership skills and encouraging me to continue on that journey. We spoke many times over the years and he always remembered me and had a word of encouragement or advice that was helpful. I thank him to this day as being part of the success that I have enjoyed. He will be missed. Thanks Roger.

Mark Lester

October 27, 2020

Roger Schenke was a visionary leader who made major contributions to health care in America. In creating the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), now the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL), Roger had a novel vision: To enhance the leadership capabilities of physicians, so their knowledge and talents could benefit healthcare broadly--beyond clinical care alone.

Roger helped generations of physicians gain the insight, knowledge, and expertise to have a broadly positive impact upon the entire industry. His vision is now recognized as an essential component of modern healthcare. Large health systems and organizations strive today to fulfill it.

Many of us have personally benefited from his work and vision. We, our colleagues, and our organizations owe him a great debt. He assembled a group of distinguished faculty and colleagues and created a network of physician leaders that remains active and healthy to this day. He did all of this with an outwardly relaxed style, and always with a human touch.

We who are indebted to him pause to remember him, with a gentle smile of appreciation for all he did. It is our task now, as always, to carry on this work, informed by his memory and contributions. I know the Board of the American Association for Physician Leadership joins me in this recognition. Together we send our sincere respect and condolences to Roger's family and our acknowledgement that his work remains alive and continues.

Mark C. Lester, MD, MBA, CPE, FAANS, FACS, FAAPL
Board Chair, American Association for Physician Leadership

Wayne Miller

October 27, 2020

Roger shared an understanding of physicians and a need for administrative physician leadership at a time when few others did. His impact on change within this field of medical specialty has been profound. I will always be appreciative for his vision!

Wayne A. Miller, MD, FACS, FACHE

Tracy Kennard

October 26, 2020

I met Roger in 2005 when he interview me to work for him at ACPE. He quickly became my friend and mentor. While Roger and I only worked together for four years, he influenced my leadership abilities, business writing, work ethic, travel skills and more. He introduced me to a behind the scenes world of destination conferences and ACPE dinners with a wonderful work family. Even after he retired and I left the company, we still met for lunches and dinners throughout the years. He helped me with my house, gave me career advice and even approved of my nose ring when I got it so many years ago. Your conversations and guidance will be missed Roger. You were truly one of a kind.

Michael Guthrie, MD MBA

October 26, 2020

Roger was a friend and mentor in my early days with the Academy of Medical Directors and then as a board member with the American College of Physician Executives. His insight and guidance were a strong influence on my early career and executive education. I am very glad to have known him.

My condolences on his passing.

John Kralewski

October 25, 2020

I have fond memories of working with Roger. We first met when I was director of the health administration masters degree program at the university of Colorado medical School. Many of our students were physicians and Roger wanted to talk about starting a national program focused on preparing physicians for management positions. We spent a day together in Denver and sketched out a very rough draft of a program with our faculty teaching about half of it. His vision of the future of health care and the role of physician leaders in management was of course right on and I greatly benefited from his insights after I came to the University of Minnesota to head a health services research center. One of our major research areas was and still is the organization and performance of primary care medical group practices. My warm condolence to his family from a friend and colleague. John Kralewski

Barbara Linney

October 25, 2020

Roger gave me a job, education, encouragement, correction, friendship, and a continuous supply of creative ideas. His gifts helped me give to others. I have been and will forever be grateful.