Richard J. "Dick" Davidson, a former president of the Maryland Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association, died of heart disease Monday at his home in Cape St. Claire near Annapolis. He was 79.
He led the country's largest hospital association for 16 years, and colleagues recalled him as a leader and innovator in the field.
"He believed in the essential desire that people in the health care community had a core morality to do the right thing," said Richard H. "Rick" Wade, a friend and former co-worker who lives in Arnold.
Born in Philadelphia, he earned a bachelor's degree from West Chester University and a master's degree in...