Jack Owen, who served as the American Hospital Association’s executive vice president in Washington, D.C., from 1982 to 1989, died in January in Charlottesville, Va. He was 86. Owen also served as the AHA’s acting president in 1991. He received the AHA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1993. Owen was an AHA assistant director from 1957 to 1963. He then left the association to become president of the New Jersey Hospital Association, where he founded NJHA’s Hospital Research and Educational Trust, the New Jersey Hospital Service Corp. and the Health Care Insurance Exchange of New Jersey, before rejoining the AHA. During Owen’s tenure, the AHA strengthened its bonds with the state hospital associations, especially on grassroots advocacy issues. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said Owen’s “history of service to the association and all of America’s hospitals and the communities they serve is second to none. Jack’s strong work ethic and high level of character was demonstrated in his many achievements as a leader in health care. He was a great person, a great friend and an overall class act.”