Bernadine Healy dies at 67; doctor led Red Cross relief efforts after 9/11  HealthDest

Bernadine Healy dies at 67; doctor led Red Cross relief efforts after 9/11 HealthDest

Bernadine Healy dies at 67; doctor led Red Cross relief efforts after 9/11

Dr. Bernadine Healy, a hard-charging cardiologist and educator who was the first woman to lead the National Institutes of Health and later commanded American Red Cross relief efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, died Saturday at her home in Gates Mills, Ohio. She was 67.

The cause was brain cancer, said her daughter, Bartlett Ann Bulkley.

Healy, a Republican who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, was known as a no-nonsense leader who ruffled politicians and dealt swiftly with incompetence, traits that frequently drew controversy during a career devoted to humanitarian goals.

She took over the National...read more!Article source: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-bernadine-healy-20110809,0,7321698.story

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