The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Anthony G. Wagner

Share on Social Media

Information about Anthony G. Wagner

Profile image of Anthony G. Wagner

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish (Fried River)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
The Room That Is Never Filled Is The Room For Improvement.

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1942
Birth Location:
Alton, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish (Fried River)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
The Room That Is Never Filled Is The Room For Improvement.

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1942
Birth Location:
Alton
See how Anthony G. Wagner is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Health care administrator Anthony Gerald Wagner was born on June 7, 1942, in Alton, Illinois, to Clementine Nolan and Albert Irvin Wagner. Wagner grew up in his neighborhood in Alton surrounded by his school teachers as neighbors. He began to learn to play the piano at the age of six and served as his church’s organist for fifteen years until he left his hometown to pursue his education. Wagner attended Dunbar and Douglas Elementary Schools, Elijah P. Lovejoy Middle School, West Junior High School and Alton Senior High School, all segregated except for his senior high school. Wagner went on to earn his B.A. degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In 1966, he was drafted and served as a chaplain assistant and organist for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Wagner conducted research on local lizards he found in Vietnam and sent his reports back to Southern Illlinois University. Wagner returned from his term in the service and got married in January of 1971.

Wagner started his career as a pharmaceutical sales representative for the Upjohn Company. He then decided to continue his education and earned his masters degree in hospital and health care administration from the University of Minnesota. While pursuing his masters degree, Wagner moved to California for his residency at the University of California at San Francisco. He was hired by the Health Care Financing Administration and remained there for fifteen years. Wagner left the organization as deputy associate. He then became executive administrator of Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco from 1988 to 1998. From 1998 to 2001, Wagner served as chief executive Officer of Community Health Network of San Francisco. In 2001, Wagner became the chief executive officer of the Hospital Systems of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He served as CEO for two years. In 2005, Wagner became the vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Wagner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Longs Drugs Stores Corporation and serves as vice president for the Institute on Aging. In 2003, the City of San Francisco declared Anthony Wagner Day.

Wagner is married and has two sons. He lives in San Francisco and is an avid hiker.

See how Anthony G. Wagner is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Anthony G. Wagner's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Anthony G. Wagner lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Anthony G. Wagner describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about his mother's childhood in Arkansas and in Alton, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers his maternal great-grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Anthony G. Wagner describes his mother's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Anthony G. Wagner describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about developing a relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Anthony G. Wagner speaks about the death of his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Anthony G. Wagner talks briefly about the land his paternal grandfather owned in Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers visiting his father's extended family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Anthony G. Wagner describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers his formative years with his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers his childhood neighborhood in Alton, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about his relationship with his older sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers his childhood neighborhood in Alton, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Anthony G. Wagner describes the sights, sounds, and smells in Alton, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about his elementary, middle school, and high school experiences, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about his elementary, middle school, and high school experiences, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about his experience at Alton Senior High School in Alton, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Anthony G. Wagner describes his childhood interests and extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers wanting to be a biologist and zoologist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Anthony G. Wagner describes his experience at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, and dropping out to design a church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Anthony G. Wagner describes working as a radio isotope technician at Alton Memorial hospital and being drafted into the U.S. Military in 1966
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Anthony Wagner describes his experience in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers being attacked in the Tet Offensive at the Nha Trang, Vietnam U.S. Army Base
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Anthony G. Wagner talks briefly about civil rights activity in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about completing his studies at Southern Illinois University, working for the P.D. George Company, and meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Anthony G. Wagner describes his wedding and relocating to Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Anthony G. Wagner describes the hospital administration training program at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Anthony Wagner explains Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Anthony G. Wagner explains the role as a hospital administrator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Anthony G. Wagner describes working as an administrator at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about "Anthony Wagner Day" in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about budgeting and having to make tough decisions as a hospital administrator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Anthony G. Wagner remembers an employee's retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Anthony Wagner the philosophy of the Labor Management Partnership management
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Anthony G. Wagner explains the origin of the HMO healthcare plan and the Kaiser Family Foundation's entry into the healthcare business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Anthony Wagner describe joining the Kaiser Family Foundation as vice president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about working to eliminate disparities in healthcare in African American communities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about working to eliminate disparities in healthcare in African American communities, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about his involvement in civic organizations and professional groups
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Anthony G. Wagner describes what he does to relax
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about spending time with his sons, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about spending time with his sons, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Anthony G. Wagner talks about building a home and travel plans in the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Anthony G. Wagner talks more about his maternal family ancestry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Anthony G. Wagner talks briefly about the influence of the Christian church in his childhood
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Anthony G. Wagner describes how he would like to be remembered