Dean Roe, Froedtert’s first president and chief executive officer, died on May 24
June 02, 2014 College News - Dean K. Roe passed away May 24, surrounded by his family, at the age of 85. Roe served 23 years as the first president and CEO of Froedtert Hospital from 1970 until his retirement in 1993.
Prior to his career at Froedtert, his professional experience included nine years as assistant administrator at Northwestern and at Fairview hospitals in Minneapolis. Roe came to Milwaukee on "loan" from the Fairview Hospital administration to serve as executive director of Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital in Wauwatosa.
While executive director of the psychiatric hospital, Roe was retained by the Froedtert Trustees as a consultant in their planning efforts for Froedtert Hospital. His role and relationship to Froedtert Hospital as president and as a consultant to the trustees covers a 31 year span. In those years he displayed a quiet but consistent leadership role in defining and maintaining the position of Froedtert as a vital resource for patient care, clinical research and education in an academic medical setting. He was known for his deliberate study of problems and opportunities and decisive in implementing change to strengthen the mission and purpose of Froedtert Hospital.
Roe has served as president of the Wisconsin State Hospital Association and the Milwaukee Hospital Council. Froedtert’s first CEO served on the Wisconsin Health and Education Authority for 12 years and the Wisconsin Rate Review Committee. He was a member of several key committees of the American Hospital Association and a board member of Blue Cross, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and Froedtert Hospital. He was active in professional, community, church boards and organizations. He earned his undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College and his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.