Blog / November 10, 2019

The ELC remembers Former ELC Board Chair Bernard J. Tyson


It is with deep sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and a former chair of The Executive Leadership Council. Bernard died earlier today in his sleep at home. He was 60 and was internationally recognized for his advocacy and passion for diversity, inclusion and affordable healthcare. Kaiser Permanente’s announcement is available here.

Bernard was so much more than a renowned CEO. He was a mentor and a friend who always answered The ELC call. To us, The ELC Family, he was our guiding light, our supporter and our champion.

Bernard was inducted as a member of The ELC in July 1998. Over his more than twenty years of membership, he was a role model, actively participating in member meetings, events and Institute programs. He served in many capacities on The ELC Board, becoming chair in 2012. Many of us had the opportunity to spend time with him at this year’s ELC Gala, an event that he rarely missed. One thing is certain: Bernard truly loved this organization.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bernard’s family, friends and colleagues, and especially his wife, Denise. Now is the time to reflect on your many fond memories of Bernard. His legacy is a proud one, and we should all be honored and humbled to be a part of it.