Pay­ing trib­ute to for­mer pub­lisher Charles S. Lauer

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Our for­mer pub­lisher, Charles S. Lauer, passed away at the age of 86.

Lauer joined Crain Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mod­ern Health­care’s par­ent com­pany, in 1976 as pub­lisher of the mag­a­zine and was named a vice pres­i­dent of Crain in 1981.

Crain Pres­i­dent and Ed­i­to­rial Di­rec­tor Rance Crain re­called that when the com­pany pur­chased Mod­ern Health­care the en­tire sales staff re­signed. So Lauer rolled up his sleeves and took on their busi­ness.

“He was al­ways un­fail­ingly up­beat, and he ze­roed in on key ac­counts and trav­eled the na­tion in search of new busi­ness,” Crain said.

Lauer pre­vi­ously was an ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent at Fam­ily Me­dia. His ca­reer in pub­lish­ing be­gan work­ing for Life mag­a­zine at Time Inc. He later served as a sales man­ager for two McGrawHill trade publi­ca­tions and the publi­ca­tions of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Through­out his life, Lauer re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards in­clud­ing the Michael E. DeBakey Award for Achieve­ments in Health­care, the Di­ver­sity Cham­pion Award, the Na­tional Health­care Award from B’nai B’rith In­ter­na­tional and a life­time fel­low­ship from the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Med­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tors. He also re­ceived Mod­ern Health­care’s Hall of Fame founder’s award for his role in cre­at­ing the an­nual pro­gram in 1988.

Lauer’s wake will be held on May 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Don­nel­lan fu­neral home in Skokie, Ill. The fu­neral will be on May 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Win­netka (Ill.) Pres­by­te­rian Church. Do­na­tions to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety can be made in lieu of flowers.

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