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Frank and Kathy Mendelblatt
Dear Madeline, Maurice and Christopher, Our lives are all enriched and immeasurably better as a result of our association and friendship with Maurice. My bond with my dear friend and colleage began 44 years ago in 1961. Maurice was the first person I met at the Infirmary. We worked and learned together for five wonderful years, and following 1966, we continued our contacts and our discussions of interesting medical concepts and difficult patients. We looked forward to seeing each other at meetings, alumni functions and on the occasions when our families were together. Maurice represented the highest qualities in honor, loyalty and integrity. His ideals and values will continue, as always, to be an inspiration. With love, Frank and Kathy Mendelblatt
Vanessa Reed
Madeline, Maurice III and Christopher - I send to you my most heartfelt condolences to you all. If there is anything that I can do, please feel free to call. Madeline, I know that no words can fill the void that is now felt, but know that Maurice lives on in your precious sons. Each of them have a special gift and will bring you much joy. To Maurice III & Christopher, it isn't easy but remember to good times. You all will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all.
Shelby R. Wilkes, M.D.
Dear Madeline and the entire Rabb family: Jettie and I had just returned from Egypt when we learned of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Maurice. May God give you and your family the strength during this period of sadness. Joy will surely come in the morning. I remember Maurice not only as a great master teacher and retinal specialist but as a compassionate and caring human being. I will always remember the first time I saw sickle cell retinopathy as a Hopkins medical student. It was at the SNMA meeting in Philadephia in the 1970's during Maurice's presentation -impressive as usual. When I spent a short period at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, it was Maurice who graciously presented me with an opportunity to be his assistant researching the articles for his book on Fundus photography and Fluorescein Angiography. That opportunity to work with Maurice has served as invaluable asset to my treatment of my patients and in my career develpment as a vitreoretinal surgeon. I believe one of the traits which I will miss most about Maurice is his relentless enthusiasm for teaching about retinal diseases especially at the National Medical Association's Fluorescein Conference- what pearls he always shared freely with everyone. I will miss Maurice but his contribution to retina and humanity will continue to live. Keep the faith in our Everlasting Lord. Shelby R. Wilkes, M.D. and Jettie M. Burnett, M.D.
Shaffdeen A. Amuwo
Dear Madeline and the entire Rabb Family, I and my family write to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy for the passing of Dr. Rabb . I have been in the United States for most of my life, 35 years to be exact, I do not know of anyone who had contributed more, in a very quite manner, to my career. I worked with Dr. Rabb and Dr. (Rev.)James Dawkins at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center for several years. This center, started by Dr. Rabb, not only enabled me to complete my dissertation for a PhD, but also launched my career in academe. In fact, it was the Dr. Rabb's call that made a huge difference in my being hired later as Assistant Dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. In spite of Dr. Rabb's heavy schedule, he always found time to listen to my progress as academic administrator and faculty as well as the challenges I faced in trying to correct many inequities in academe and in understanding and surviving the challenges posed by the environment of a major Research I institution. Shortly before Dr. Rabb found out he had cancer he invited me to participate in the writing of a chapter in the Handbook of Black American Health, edited by I. L. Livinston with foreword by Dr. Satcher. The chapter focused on Ophthalmic Diseases in Blacks: Prospects for Elimininating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and in the Public Health Context. Needless to say that, my experience in working with him on the chapter was a most humbling and rewarding one I ever had in working with a senior professor. I am eternally grateful and will for ever cherish his patience and guidance not only in completing the task but also his advise to serve Black community through scholarly work.
Jamila Rashid
Dear Madeline and the entire Rabb family, may you find peace and comfort in one another as you honor the home going of Dear Dr. Rabb. Dr. Rabb was partly responsible for the upstart of my now long standing career in Public Health. I began working for Dr. Rabb in 1985 where he was the Director of the Sickle Cell Anemia Center at the University of Illinois. Under his direction, I developed my thirst for Public Health. Through his support, I went on to earn a MPH in Public Health and later my PhD. Dr. Rabb always looked out for those whose lives he touched. I will always remember this Giant of a Man.
MaryE Young
Dear Madeline, Maurice, Christopher, and the Murphy-Rabb family,my family and I extend our condolences on the transition of your love one Dr. Maurice F.Rabb,Jr. You are so blessed to have shared 39 years together. Dr. Rabb was an extraordinary man. His research accompliments in science and medicine in the field opthamology and sickle cell will have a lasting impact on mankind.
mit buchanan
Dear Madeline, Maurice III, and Christopher, I send my sincere condolences to your family. My prayers are with you.
Demetrius Carney
In September 1993 I began to lose my vision. Of course, I was in a panic. I made an appoinment to see my optometrist who sent me to an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist found no vision impairment but I knew something was wrong. I desperately called Maurice, who directed me to meet him immediately at the University of Illinois, where he was scheduled to teach a class. Maurice gathered a team of interns and attending physicians to examine my eyes and discovered the problem, a tumor in the pituitary gland that was pressing on the optic nerve. To save my vision it was imperative for the tumor to be removed immediately. Not only was the tumor removed but it was benign. All of the above happened within a week. To Rabb family, I will never forget that it was Maurice, who saved my vision. As I write this memo there are tears in my eyes. I thank God that Dr. Rabb crossed my path. My love to the Rabb family.
Joanne Shen MD
I met Dr. Rabb in 1997 when I started at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program. He was an encouraging teacher and mentor to me and many other residents. His excitement and joy in all the projects he undertook was inspirational. His warmth and leadership will be deeply missed by all those he touched in his lifetime. I will always remember him as our strong and energetic professor. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Rabb and all of the family.
Pamela Y. George
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May the life and memory of your wonderful husband and father sustain you, always. In sympathy, Pamela Y. George Assistant Dean, Yale University
Cheryl L. Green
Madeline, Maurice and Christopher - So sorry to hear of Maurice's passing. My favorite remembrance of him is his dry wit... For example.. whenever you asked Maurice what he had been up to, he'd reply "Minding my own business". He used that line over 15 years ago when I saw him more often and even a couple of years ago when I ran into him at the NMA in DC. May your memories comfort you always!
Sonya Gregory-Hayes
I worked with Dr. Rabb during the early 90's at the National Society to Prevent Blindness, where he served as the organization's Medical Director. It was truly an honor working with and knowing him. I was a Public Relations Manager at the time, and had the opportunity to place Dr. Rabb on many national television programs where he discussed the high incidences of glaucoma in African Americans. Dr. Rabb was not only a brilliant physician, he was a wonderful man -- ALWAYS very kind, considerate and willing to listen. I consider it a blessing to have known him. Mrs. Rabb, although I lost touch with both you and Dr. Rabb I thought of you often through the years. I was so sorry to learn of his passing; please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God continue to bless you and your family.
The only ones I know in the Rabb family are Madeline and Maurice. Our exchanges were mainly professional but waiting for a bus in Nara or for a session to begin some ideas were exchanged. Maurice was a cheerful person, loving and paying attention to the others, never negative. Last time we met , he was impressive by the conscienceness of his illness, of the battle still to go through and of the love of all of you. God bless the Rabbs
Iola C. Earley-Cornett
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful person. Dr. Rabb was an inspiration to all who met him. I worked with him in his private practice and will never forget his "thumb greeting" and his name for me, "little Iola". Each patient was important to him, as well as his employees. I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to meet and work with Dr. Rabb. Imagine what heaven must look like to all those who can see thanks to Dr. Rabb!!! "Little Iola"
Chitra Nadimpalli
Dr Rabb has been my mentor and advisor at Mercy Hospital for 20 years. I have not met any one who is as dynamic at the same time down to earth and helpful as Dr Rabb. He helped me through some tough spots. I am very grateful to him. My sincere condolences to Mrs Madeline Rabb and family. If I could be of any service at any time please let me know. Chitra Nadimaplli
Jolyn Robichaux
Dr. Rabb was the Robichaux eye doctor in care of three generations of our family. We all loved him for helping us see and enjoy this beautiful world. He was, to me, a kind, considerate friend.
Morley Jay Berman
I met Maurice in 1967 when I started my residency at U of Illinois where he was one of our most memorable attending. Maurice was just a kick to be around. I loved his quick smile, understated sense of humor, his love and knowledge of any new gadget around, particularly photographic ones, his energy and passion for everything, his warmth and accessability, and a whole list of other qualities that that most of us only aspire to. I was very sorry to hear of his passing and I thank his family for sharing Maurice with all of us who passed through his teaching programs throughout the years. He was a great gift to anyone who had the opportunity to have been exposed to him and thats as fine a tribute as any I can imagine. Morley Jay Berman
iris e. holliday
In these moments of remembering and honoring Maurice, I offer words from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet: "When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." Madeline, Maurice and Christopher, and other family members, we are so sorry and send our prayers your way. Iris, Saddiq, Ira-Saul Holliday
tess vismale
greetings chris, i am just finding out about your loss. may the most high contiune to bless you and your famliy. hotep, tess vismale classmate from pershing elementary
Arnold Belker, MD
Dear Madeline, I first knew Maurice when we both were undergraduate students at the University of Louisville and our friendship continued in medical school. As you are aware, Maurice was among a group of ten or twelve of us who often hung out together and studied together. I fondly remember how Maurice used to express all his concerns the day before an important school exam. Despite his expressed concerns, he obviously always came through with flying colors. Although our paths after graduation from medical school crossed only infrequently, I always considered Maurice to be a good friend. Terry and I always enjoyed the rather rare moments we were able to share with the two of you. I know how very proud you and the boys must be of all of Maurice's outstanding professional accomplishments. Terry joins me in sending our condolences to you and the boys at this time.
Dr & Mrs Ron Levine ( Ron & Sonia)
Dear Madeline: I was in the class behind Maurice in Medical school, but I started out as a graduate student with his class and I hung out with the same group as Belker. My wife (Sonia) and I would have Maurice over on occasions for a meal and some heated political discussions. His father often gave anesthesia for my patients that I delivered at the Red Cross Hospital (it was the only completely African American Hospital in Louisville.) Sonia and I send our deep condolences to you and your sons.
Maxine Gere
Maurice was one of the moving forces in ophthalmology and a wonderfully warm person. Although I left the Department of Ophthalmology in 1986, whenever we met by happenstance--usually passing in airports--he always took time to say hello and chat. I will always remember his energy and good humor.
Rosalind Brown-Valenti
I met Dr.Maurice Rabb when I was 16, and he was a resident at the UI at the eye nose and throat clinic. I had had a series of surgery from 1962-4. I had long stys at the clinic and I would go on rounds with this wonderful and delightful man. he was so kind to me. This was a very inportant time for me for I had not known kindness from many men in my life. I never forgot his Name or his care of me. he tought me many things about the eye and the retina and friendship. I called him in the late 90s to thank him for his kindness. I am so greatful I was able to reach him. I am so sorry for your loss, he will never be forgotten by me.

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