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Blackwell, Dr. Mable Louise Was born on February 15, 1947 in Decatur, Alabama. Mable departed this life on December 22, 2013 at her home in Chicago, IL at the age of 66. She was a member of St. Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, Champaign prior to joining Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mable held positions at Mercy Hospital and at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and served as the Regional Medical Director for the Chicago Department of Health, the Medical Director for the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director for the Health Department of Will County in Illinois. She was a Visiting Professor at Chicago State University; Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Medicine and as the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She served as a consultant to the Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG), Division of Medical Integrity and as a Professional Peer Reviewer for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and for the U.S. Department of Education. She was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her research included the study of health delivery practices in countries, such as Japan, China, Thailand, Mexico, South Africa, and several countries throughout West Africa. Mable founded and served as Chairperson of the Herman T. and Ruth K. Blackwell Foundation, a non-profit public charity established to support and encourage communities in improving the quality of life for themselves and future generations-now an endowed scholarship by the same name at Morehouse College. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman T. and Ruth K. Blackwell; her brothers, Duane W. Blackwell and William N. Blackwell, and her sister, Diana D. Polk. She leaves to mourn her daughter, Samantha S. Fields and son, Ryan E. Fields, Chicago, IL; her sisters, Dorothy R. Coleman (Dejustice), Milwaukee, WI; Doris K. Butts (Stanley), Urbana, IL; Wilma J. Conwell, Cleveland, OH; Clara Johnson (Samuel), Decatur, AL; Ave M. Blackwell Alvarado, Champaign, IL; her brothers, Robert T. Blackwell (Carolyn), Springfield, IL; Victor E. Blackwell (Kimberly), Olympia Fields, IL; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. A Pre-past and visitation will be held from 10:0011:00 a.m. immediately preceding the funeral services at Trinity United Church of Christ located at 400 W. 95th Street, Chicago, IL on Monday, December 30th. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 31st, at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at St. Luke C.M.E. Church located at 809 N. 5th Street, Champaign, IL, prior to the Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 611 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign. The family requests that donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to the Herman T. and Ruth K. Blackwell Endowed Scholarship Fund, Morehouse College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 830 Westview Drive, S.W., Gloster Hall, Suite 305, Atlanta, GA 30314.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 29, 2013
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