Benjamin Renn

Obituary: Benjamin Renn led 652nd Medical Group at McClellan

Published: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4B

Benjamin C. "Chris" Renn, a retired colonel and health care administrator who led the 652nd Medical Group at McClellan Air Force Base, died Aug. 26 of cancer, his family said. He was 70.

Mr. Renn served 30 years in the Air Force Medical Service Corps in the United States, the Netherlands and Vietnam.

His duties included aeromedical evacuation, medical readiness planning and clinic and hospital administration.

He transferred to Sacramento in 1992 and was the second MSC administrator to oversee the McClellan clinic and the hospital at Mather Air Force Base, said John Holes, a retired Air Force colonel. Mr. Renn was named commander of the 652nd and oversaw the unit's reorganization as the 77th Medical Group.

He retired from McClellan in 1995 and managed local Foundation Health outpatient clinics for about two years. He lived in Fair Oaks.

Mr. Renn was born June 12, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in Malibu. He earned a bachelor's degree in personnel relations from University of Southern California and a master's degree in executive development from Webster University.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jeanne Renn of Fair Oaks; and a son, Jason Renn of Anchorage, Alaska.

A memorial service is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Divine Savior Catholic Church, 9079 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brig. Gen. Donald B. Wagner Scholarship Fund and mailed to John R. Lake, 7830 Moss Brook Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78255.

– Robert D. Dávila

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