Remembering B. K. Bryan

 
William "B.K." Bryan, 1920-2007
William (B.K.) Bryan, one of Greenville Health System’s – and especially Children's Hospital – strongest advocates and a true philanthropist, died January 23. 
The namesake both of GHS' Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Bryan New Hope Fund for Cancer Research, the 86-year-old was a dedicated, long-time friend and supporter of GHS. Bryan's devotion to the hospital system’s success was a driving force for a large portion of his community involvement. He truly believed in the need for excellent tertiary health care in this community, and his actions mirrored that commitment without question. 
 
Bryan devoted many hours at the board table in leading the former GHS Foundation (now Office of Philanthropy & Partnership) as its past chair. He helped organize the Ambassador League, which was an intensive program to educate community citizens on the wide-ranging programs and services of Greenville Health System, and he was an active member of the Chairman's Council. As a member of the Chairman's Council he was most at home guiding various philanthropic initiatives, particularly those associated with the Oncology Research Institute and Children's Hospital. A committed community champion for the needs of children, especially those with cancer, his easy-going demeanor garnered much support for the system's Pediatric Leukemia Research Project. Bryan's indelible mark will be more than just a gratefully held, fond memory of a friend and philanthropist. It will be, moreover, a legacy of improved lives, better health care and, in general, happier people who knew this goodwill ambassador. 
 
On behalf of Children's Hospital and the entire hospital system, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.
 
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