Former AmerisourceBergen comms leader dies at 65

HUMMELSTOWN, PA: Michael Kilpatric, former VP of corporate and investor relations at pharmaceutical services company AmerisourceBergen, died Aug. 8 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

HUMMELSTOWN, PA: Michael Kilpatric, former VP of corporate and investor relations at pharmaceutical services company AmerisourceBergen, died August 8 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 65.

Kilpatric spent 10 years leading corporate communications and IR at AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 30 company, before retiring in December 2010. When AmerisourceBergen was created in 2001 by the merger of AmeriSource Health and Bergen Brunswig, Kilpatric developed the communications strategy for the deal and the newly formed company.

Prior to his nearly 40-year career in corporate communications, Kilpatric worked as a journalist. He served in the US Army during the War in Vietnam.

“Working with Mike — and  he was only referred to by his first name in our office, no client affiliation required — was as good as it gets in our business,” Starkman & Associates president Eric Starkman wrote in a blog post about Kilpatric. “Mike didn't believe in spin, and he never sought to deceive Wall Street or the media. He was a stickler for truth and accuracy…a decisive leader and one of those rare senior corporate executives who truly liked to be challenged.”

Kilpatric is survived by his mother, wife, daughter and son, two grandchildren, brother and sister, and two nephews.  

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