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Memorial mourns death of longtime President Don Corey

Don A. Corey, a giant in the local healthcare industry who served as president of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for 28 years, died Monday, June 13, at the age of 83.

A graduate of Hartwick College and Columbia University, where he earned a master’s degree in Administrative Medicine, Don joined the staff of what was then called Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital in 1959 as associate director.  He was appointed president in 1963 and served in that role until his retirement in 1991. 

Don returned to Memorial as a volunteer in 2005. He and his wife Phyllis operated the CARExpress van two days a week, transporting area residents to appointments here and at our satellite facilities.

Under Don’s leadership, Memorial underwent a major expansion of its campus and services including construction of the Penn Schoellkopf Building (“S Building”), the adjoining 120-bed Schoellkopf Health Center and the 570-car parking ramp and medical office building across the street from the medical center.

During his tenure, Memorial also purchased the former 10th Street School and renovated it as the Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care Center, established both the Family Practice Residency Program and the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, and opened Niagara County’s only inpatient behavioral health facility. 

Don will be deeply missed.  We offer our sincere condolences to his family.


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