In Memoriam: Noreen Clark, Global Health Leader and Synergos Supporter

Dr. Noreen Clark passed away on November 23, 2013 after a struggle with illness.

Noreen was a long-time supporter of Synergos, most recently as a member of our board of directors and, with her husband George Pitt, as a donor for our work. In the late 1980s and 1990s she was one of the Synergos Associates, advising us on program strategies and approaches. As an Associate, Noreen was essential to our early global research on how multi-stakeholder partnerships can address large-scale development problems. Learning from this research underpins all Synergos programs.

She was a global leader in looking at systems, policies and programs that promote health, prevent illness, and enable individuals to manage disease. Noreen brought with her experience from places including China, Ethiopia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the United States and with institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, national ministries of health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Lung Association. She was the Myron E. Wegman Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan. From 1995-2005 she served as Dean of Public Health and Marshall H. Becker Professor of Public Health at that university.

The University for Michigan School of Public Health has created a memorial website for sharing memories about Noreen.

Synergos’ President Robert H. Dunn says that, “Noreen will be missed for her wisdom and the guidance she offered to us, and to so many groups she worked with. She was a warm and wonderful human being and a distinguished scholar and researcher who dedicated her life to improving the health of others, especially in the developing countries of the world.”

Noreen Clark (in vest) at a Synergos Associates meeting in Oaxaca, Mexico.