Death Note

John Clark West –

John Clark West
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John Clark West, 72, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away on March 28, 2022.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Clark West, Md., and the late Ruthann West. John was an attorney and author of children’s books, Harriet and Daphne, as well as other novels.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Molly West, and a sister Lucy Francis.

Survivors include his loving wife, Beverly West, his children, Amanda West, JD, and Emily West, PhD, his stepchildren Benjamin Gordon and Jennifer Gordon, MD, his brother Michael West, MD, and his four grandchildren, Clara Casper, Campbell Casper , Harriet Casper, and William Minor.

John was a true renaissance man with many passions and hobbies. He was an avid traveler who visited six out of the seven continents. He collected late 19th century artwork and he was always looking for an empty piece of wall space to hang his latest find from it. His love of him for books was contagious and that which he shared with his wife and stepdaughter. When not reading his newest book find him, John was writing children’s books and fiction. His office of him was adorned with gargoyles peeking out around books and shelves. I have loved succulent plants and other unusual types of plants. The house that he shared with Beverly was known for its gardens, inside and out.

He had a great sense of humor and always had a joke to tell. Dinner was not complete until he and his stepson he had a chance to share their newest jokes with one another. But above humor, John was the epitome of love and encouragement. To friends and family, he was the consistent voice of reason and the moral compass. He loved well and true, and in return earned the love and appreciation of all who knew him.

Professionally, John lectured extensively, taught, and wrote over 106 Case Law Updates for the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) Journal of Health Care Risk Management and won 2014 and 2021 Apex Awards in the category of regular department and columns. I have edited and wrote many professional books and articles. His most recent books are ASHRM’s Legal and Regulatory Playbook, ASHRM’s Human Capital Playbook, ASHRM Risk Management Fundamentals, among others.

The ASHRM Advisory Board recognized his lifetime of contributions to the field of health care risk management with the ASHRM Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement in Health Care Risk Management, the Presidential Citation and Journal Award for Writing Excellence. He also held the designation of Distinguished Fellow of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management.

John has dedicated his time and talent to ASHRM as a member, teacher and keynote presenter. These contributions pale in comparison to the time he has spent mentoring members of the risk management profession.

Regarded as a mentor and a friend to many, he was known for a legendary knowledge, dry humor, quick wit, storytelling and advancing the health care risk management profession. Many of his mentees would go on to become leaders for ASHRM and the profession.

ASHRM’s current Advisory Board Member, Chris Allman, who worked closely with John on the Case Law Update, and looked to John as a mentor stated “John was one of the first people to show me that there is a place in health care risk management for everyone, even an attorney like me who does not necessarily have a clinical background. John showed me, and all risk professionals, really, that knowing the law and how it applies to health care risk management is a big part of keeping our patients and organizations free from harm.”

On a nonprofessional note, John once shared when asked about his proudest achievement, “I am really proudest of my three daughters and two stepchildren. I have a professor, and attorney who is a health care ethicist, a mechanical engineer, and a Navy surgeon. One of my daughters died of cancer at the age of three, which left a hole in my soul from which I may never recover. Or at least I hope I don’t.”

When John was asked how he wanted to be remembered in a 2020 interview, he stated, “In addition to my ASHRM work, I have published works of fiction and most recently children’s books. I would like to be remembered as a writer. That is why I am self-publishing. I consider myself a writer and an educator, and I want to contribute to the literature. I am a relatively ordinary guy who has been given an extraordinary opportunity and I am just happy to do it.”

John West, a writer and educator, but above all, the love of our lives.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services 4506 Hixson Pike Hixson, TN 37343, 423 531-3975.

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