A funeral home in Ohio near Cleveland says Healy died Saturday. Healy had suffered from brain cancer, but the cause of her death wasn't released. She was 67.
Healy headed the National Institutes of Health under President George H.W. Bush and then lost a bid in 1994 for the U.S. Senate in Ohio as a Republican.
She went on to become president of the American Red Cross. But disagreements with the board led to her resignation just two months after 9/11.
Healy said she was forced out in part over differences with what to do with nearly $500 million that the Red Cross raised following the terrorist attacks.