Dr. Mable Louise Blackwell
CHICAGO - Dr. Mable Louise Blackwell was born Feb. 15, 1947, in Decatur, Ala. Mable departed this life on Dec. 22, 2013, at her home.
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 Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Ill., and served as the Regional Medical Director for the Chicago Dept. of Health, the Medical Director for the Illinois Dept. of Human Services and the Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director for the Health Dept. of Will County in Illinois. She was a Visiting Professor at Chicago State University, Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Medicine and 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, Division of Medical Integrity, was a Professional Peer Reviewer for both the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Dept. 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 Japan, China, Thailand, Mexico, South Africa and throughout West Africa.
Mable founded and served as Chairperson of the Herman T. and Ruth K. Blackwell Foundation, a non-profit charity established for improving the quality of life for communities, 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; brothers, Duane W. Blackwell and William N. Blackwell; and sister, Diana D. Polk.
She leaves to mourn, her daughter, Samantha S. Fields, and son, Ryan E. Fields of Chicago, Ill.; sisters: Dorothy R. Coleman (Dejustice) of Milwaukee, Wis., Doris K. Butts (Stanley) of Urbana, Ill., Wilma J. Conwell of Cleveland, Ohio, Clara Johnson (Samuel) of Decatur, Ala., and Ave M. Blackwell Alvarado of Champaign, Ill.; brothers, Robert T. Blackwell (Carolyn) of Springfield, Ill., and Victor E. Blackwell (Kimberly) of Olympia Fields, Ill.; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
A prepast and visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. immediately preceding the funeral services at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th St., Chicago, IL on Monday, Dec. 30. A visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m.- noon at St. Luke C.M.E. Church, 809 N. 5th St., Champaign, IL, prior to interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 611 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Herman T. and Ruth K. Blackwell Endowed Scholarship Fund, Morehouse College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 830 Westview Dr., S.W., Gloster Hall, Ste. 305, Atlanta, GA 30314.