History of Channing House
Excerpt from Prof. George Knoles’ The Dream Becomes a Reality; Channing House:
Dr. Russel V.A. Lee, 1895-1982, one of the creators of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and its first president, as a result of his practice of medicine recognized the need to find new approaches to providing care for the nation’s aging population. A man of vision with the ability to translate dreams into reality, he believed retirees ought to have the opportunity to enjoy life-time care in comfort, dignity, and in beautiful surroundings (he authored a book on the subject: No Gravy on the Vest: The Art of Growing Old in Style). Moreover, recognizing that little research had been undertaken about aging, a place with a health center might offer material for the scientific study of the process. To those ends he not only widely publicized the need for retirement homes but, in 1960, supported by the Medical Foundation and Clinic, he organized the non-profit Channing House Corporation. Dr. Lee became the first president of the self-perpetuating Board of Trustees…
During the first twenty years the community relied on bulletin boards, general assemblies, and elevator and dining room gossip for spreading information concerning affairs of mutual importance to the residents and staff. On October 1, 1987, the Channing House News made its formal debut. Since then the journal has continued as a valued vehicle for disseminating information of interest to all constituencies.
Today Channing House has more than 25 Resident Association Committees and a specific Health Care building for those in need of the skilled nursing and assistive living care. Channing House has grown into the community that Dr. Russel Lee envisioned when he began his mission.