Ray Woodham

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“He was a real mentor and first class gentleman. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: James E. Rosenbaum

“It was my privilege to work under Ray beginning in 1976. He had a vision for a Foundation that would benefit patients. I am proud to have been a...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Poole

“I will always remember and be thankful for Ray's mentorship and friendship. He was a great health care leader and untiring supporter of the American...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Boyd Kleefisch

“As a staff member of the American Hospital Association, I was familiar with Ray Woodhams name and professional reputation when I first met him and...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Matherlee

“I had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with Ray after his glorious career with Presbyterian Healthcare. Ray and I spent multiple years...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Charles Malm

“It was an honor to know and work with Mr. Woodham. I I remember him with great respect, admiration and affection. I loved his sense of humor, but...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Lynn Villella Holaday

“I will always be grateful for the leadership that Ray provided in getting the cardiac program started at Presbyterian in 1969. Thank you, Jerry ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Jerome and Lorraine Goss

“Marion, My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your husband. He had a full life and accomplished much. I know he will be...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Pat Bartels

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray's family. My memories of him go back to the 1950's when he first came to Presbyterian Hospital. My mother,...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Debby Freedman Zavadil

“As a Presbyterian Employee of 34 years, I received my 5 year service award from Ray. I worked with Ray as a patient at the healthplex a few years ago...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Mike T. Tandysh

“Jan and David; We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you have peace. Jerry and Jan Cross ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Jerry Cross

“Ray was the finest administrator that Presbyterian Hospital ever had. More than that, he rescued Presbyterian Hospital. When he took the job, Pres...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Dr Edward J Gerety

“I wanted to share with Ray's family and friends how much we at the University of Alabama will miss him. I will miss, but will certainly remember,...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Pat Whetstone

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies, we express our deepest condolences. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Joel Chavez


WOODHAM - Ray Woodham (also known as Preston Ray Woodham) succumbed to congestive heart failure on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at his Albuquerque home. Family members were at his bedside. Ray was born in River Falls, Alabama, on November 14, 1918, the son of Preston Kendrick Woodham and Lucille Wiggins Woodham. After graduating from Robertsdale High School in southern Alabama, he worked in Pensacola, Florida, until he was drafted into the United States Army in March, 1941. By the time WWII was over, Ray had served with the Seventh Medical Supply Depot in Tunisia, Italy, France and Germany, receiving numerous field promotions and an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant. After marrying Marion Sanders on June 15, 1946, in Woodland, California, he attended the University of Alabama, receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1949. He then earned a masters degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1950. After serving as assistant administrator at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, Texas, he came to Albuquerque in 1952 to become Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Presbyterian Sanatorium, catering mostly to patients with tuberculosis. Under his 30-year guidance, the bankrupt Sanatorium grew to become the highly successful Presbyterian Hospital system. Ray was instrumental in adding Kaseman Hospital, the first component of what was to become a statewide hospital system. He initiated Presbyterians heart program and started the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. After retiring from Presbyterian in 1984, Ray served as a consultant in healthcare for twenty years. Rays success won him national recognition. He was elected Chairman of the thirty thousand-member American College of Healthcare Executives. He was elected to the board of the American Hospital Association. Locally, he served as President of the New Mexico Hospital Association and of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. He was on the boards of the United Way, the Presbyterian Ear Institute, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the American Protestant Hospital Association. Also, in 1964-1965 Ray was President of the Association of Western Hospitals. Honors include the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Hospital Administrators, the Award of Excellence from the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and installation in Albuquerques Senior Hall of Fame. Robertsdale High School selected Ray for its Athletic Hall of Fame. The Rotary Club of Albuquerque named Ray the Living Legend of 2006. Ray was a member of Central United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing golf, not only in Albuquerque but also in Hawaii, Kenya, Scotland, and at many other courses. An avid sports fan, Ray attended several NCAA final four tournaments as well as many University of Alabama football games. He was a member of the University of New Mexico Lobo Club for 56 years, seldom missing basketball or football games. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rita Spivey. His survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marion; his daughter, Jan, and her husband, David England of Albuquerque; his son, Carl, and his wife, Judy of Gainesville, Florida; their daughters, Laxmi and Leela, and son, K.C. Cole, his wife, Hera and Rays great-grandchildren Adara and Kieran; his brother-in-law, Robert Morton of Portland, OR; and the following nieces and nephews: Richard Spivey of Hollywood, FL; Sue Spivey Shannon of Raleigh, NC; Larry Burdette and wife Kitsy of Satsuma, FL; Ken and Julie Burdette of Bremerton, WA; Mark Morton of Portland, OR; and Linda Morton of Beaverton, OR. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2009, 11:00 A.M., at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd., NE. If you would like to make a memorial gift, in lieu of flowers please contribute to Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666 or a charity of your choice.

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