Albert Arthur Gugenberger

Albert Arthur Gugenberger “Al” passed away on
September 28, 2021 at the age of 72 at the Veterans
Administration Hospice in Tucson, Arizona. Al was
born in Gloversville, New York on February 11, 1949,
the son of Elwin and Shirley Gugenberger. He is survived
by his wife Cynthia, his daughter Dyan Goulooze
and sisters Susan Tagliatela, Patricia Capparello
and Nancy Insogna, (Mrs. Joseph) and many nieces
and nephews and their children. Al was preceded in
death by his parents. Al graduated from Gloversville
High School in 1967, and from Granite State College in
New Hampshire with a Bachelor of General Studies
in 1972 and from the University of Northern Colorado
with a Master of Science in 1981. After graduating
high school in 1967 Al joined the Air Force. He retired
in 1988 with the rank of Captain. During this time, he
lived in New York, New Hampshire, South Carolina,
Wyoming, Montana, Maine, and spent a year in Vietnam
and another year in Korea. As an Air Force Sergeant
Al was designated as Administrative Airman of
the Year for the 15th Air Force. After leaving the Air
Force Al continued his career in health care administration
for another thirty years serving as CEO of La
Pine Community Health Center in La Pine, Oregon,
Northeastern Rural Health Clinics in Susanville, California,
Sun Life Family Health Center in Casa Grande,
Arizona and Lake Powell Medical Center in Page,
Arizona. Al was a Fellow of the American College of
Health Care Executives. He served as President of the
Arizona Association of Community Health Centers,
2000 – 2002. He was a member of the Arizona Association
of Community Health Centers Board of Directors,
1992 – 2006. Al was President of The Community
Health Centers Collaborative Ventures, 2002 – 2004.
He served on the Board of Directors from 1994 – 2006.
Community Service was very important to Al. He
was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club and
served on their Board of Directors in Casa Grande.
He served several years as a member of The Casa
Grande City Council 2000 – 2006 and served as Mayor
Pro Tempore. Al also served several years on the
Casa Grande City Planning Committee. He was active
in the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, serving
on the Board of Directors 1999 – 2005. In 2005 Al was
a finalist for the Arizona Business Journal’s “Healthcare
Hero” award. In his free time and most mornings
before work Al indulged his passion for long distance
cycling covering 25 – 30 miles on many weekdays before
work and sometimes 100 miles on a weekend.
He and his wife Cynthia enjoyed traveling in Central
America, Canada, and Europe. Al will be remembered
for his love of family, his love of animals, his service
to his community and country. He had a wonderful
sense of humor and he delighted in the company of
friends, colleagues and co workers. Please consider
Alzheimer’s Research and Multiple Sclerosis charities
for any memorials or remembrances. Services will be
in Gloversville, NY at a later date. Al was much loved
and will be missed.

By Leader-Herald

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