The Board of Directors and staff of Family Care International mourn the loss of Noreen Clark, a valued friend and colleague and a longtime member of FCI’s Board. Dr. Clark passed away on November 23, 2013, after a brief illness.
Dr. Clark was the Myron E. Wegman Distinguished University Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan, former dean of that university’s School of Public Health, and the director of the University Center for Managing Chronic Disease. A renowned expert in the management of chronic disease, she was for decades a respected leader in the public health community, both in the U.S. and globally.
As a key advisor in the initial establishment of Family Care International and a founding member of our Board of Directors, Dr. Clark served FCI with distinction for more than 25 years. “Noreen’s insight, wisdom, and dedication to improving women’s and children’s health have been a guiding star for FCI since our very beginning,” said FCI’s president, Ann Starrs. “She never hesitated to challenge us with the toughest questions, or to encourage us to strive for the deepest and most lasting impact. Everything we do bears Noreen’s indelible stamp.”
Dr. Clark brought to her work on our Board an unmatched expertise in public health research; a fundamental belief in building programs on a strong foundation of evidence; and an unwavering commitment to FCI’s vision of a world where no woman suffers preventable pregnancy-related injury or death, where childbirth is safe for women and their babies, and where all people are able to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“We are all deeply saddened by Noreen’s shocking and untimely death,” said Anne Tinker, chair of FCI’s Board. “Noreen was a generous colleague and friend to all of us on the FCI board, and an invaluable ally to the thousands and thousands of women and newborns who depend on our work. Noreen’s husband, son, and grandson are in our thoughts, and I hope that they can take comfort in the profound and powerful legacy she leaves behind.”
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