ASHA Announces Senior Living Hall of Fame Class of 2021

by Jeff Shaw

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), a D.C.-based advocacy organization for the seniors housing industry, has announced the 2021 inductees to the Senior Living Hall of Fame: Carl Campbell of CAMLU, Robert and William Thomas of Senior Star and Patricia Will of Belmont Village Senior Living.

“These innovative leaders have helped to build an industry dedicated to the care of our elders,” says David Schless, president of ASHA. “We are very grateful to them and their commitment to senior living.”

The 2021 Senior Living Hall of Fame recipients will be inaugurated at ASHA’s Mid-Year Meeting in Incline Village, Nevada, on July 26. The recipients were chosen by the Senior Living Hall of Fame Selection Committee. It is chaired by former Larry Cohen of Trustwell Living. Committee members are Lois Bowers of McKnight’s Senior Living, Steve Monroe of The SeniorCare Investor, Matt Valley of Seniors Housing Business and Tim Mullaney of Senior Housing News.

Carl Campbell operated seniors housing communities for 62 years from 1954 to 2016. Before his passing last year at the age of 98, he was a pioneer investor, property owner and mentor to many in the seniors housing industry. His legacy includes a retirement and assisted living company that once spanned more than 180 communities in 21 states, and many other business and philanthropic endeavors.

Robert and William Thomas, twin brothers, co-founded Gemini Properties in 1976 and shifted the company’s focus to senior living in 1989 with the founding of Senior Star. They have served in numerous leadership capacities for Augsburg University, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Oklahoma, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Family & Children’s Services, LIFE Senior Services, the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Community Foundation and the University of Tulsa — where they currently co-chair its long-range capital campaign.

Patricia Will is the founder and CEO of Belmont Village Senior Living, which she launched in 1997. Her company set out to fill a void in the assisted living space by combining the best practices of gerontology, hospitality and architecture to create a high-end product, the cornerstone of which is programming designed to truly enrich residents’ lives. Today, Belmont has 31 operating communities nationally and in Mexico City.

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