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The Draper Family
Dear Family, May God grant you peace and comfort, as you celebrate a life well-lived. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Andre, Toni and Aaron Baltimore, MD
Iquo B. Okon
To the Rabb family: My thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I met Dr. Rabb only once, I was touched by his powerful yet gentle aura. God bless you all. Love, Iquo
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Mitchell
Dear Chris, We extend to you and your family our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. God bless you and your family Your Friends Andrew and Arminuar
New York all-beef hotdogs with no condiments. Red hair and freckles galore. The double-jointed-thumb shake. Walking at least three miles in a blizzard to announce his intentions to marry my sister (his wife-to-be). Being “cool” while meeting my parents for the first time - something very, very few people could say that they had accomplished even on a one-on-one basis with my parents!) Truly matching wits with my father. Absolutely charming my mother. Looking sharp even after walking through three-foot snow drifts. Braving the scrutiny of my next older brother, Arthur, my younger sister, Laura, and me (ask anyone who knew us then – we were a real hand full). Staying up late with my mom to watch old movies. And effectively and efficiently accomplishing what he had set out to do – get all of our approval and consent to marry my sister (he would have done it without our say-so, but as most of you know, he was the real gentleman). These are all the very first fond memories of meeting Maurice F. Rabb 39 years ago – and the memories kept getting better and more memorable. A few weeks ago, Mad, knowing her friend, who happened to be her lover and husband, was about to transition implored many of us who were close to Big Mo to write him letters from our hearts. She knew he didn’t have much time left and wanted Mo to feel the love we felt for him. She read each of the letters to him and she said that he really appreciated them all. I quote his late father-in-law, my father, Judge William H. Murphy, who loved Maurice like a son who often said of Maurice, “He is one prince of a guy.” We all loved Maurice. How could we not?
Deepak Edward
To the Rabb Family: I knew Dr.Rabb as a resident and then as a colleague at UIC. I will always remember him as a passionate teacher who influenced many lives. He always took the time to listen what one had to say and I appreciate the advice he gave me over the years. I will truly miss seeing his smiling face walking down the corridors of the Infirmmary where he would often would stop me and say "is there anything you want to tell me?" My sincere condolences to the family.
Everton L. Arrindell
To The Rabb Family Words truly cannot convey the deep sense of loss we feel in Dr. Rabb's passing. Yet in our deep sorrow, we are all fortunate and blessed to have had him as a part of our lives. I clearly remember the first day that I met Maurice, and you too Madeline. As an anxious first year Retina Fellow in Milwaukee I was attending the 1990 Midwest Fluorescein Conference in Egg Harbor , Wisconsin. My wife Saundrett and I met you both in the hotel hallway to our rooms. You both stopped for introductions, and with warm smiles, a firm handshake, and a few kind encouraging words from Maurice, you welcomed us as if we were in your home. Over the past 15 years, Maurice has been a tremendous inspiration as a mentor, colleague, and friend. Trailblazer, intellectual giant, leader, educator, mentor...and so much more to so many. I for one will remember him as a great man who touched my life through his humility, wit, and a warm and caring heart. His legacy and spirit lives on in all of us whose lives he so profoundly touched. Our heartfelt condolences to your family. May God comfort you in your time of grief. Psalm 24:3-5
Midge Irvin
To Madeline, Knowing you and Maurice certainly enriched my involvement with Prevent Blindness America. His professional advice and service were highly valued, but as in all activities, it is the personal friendships that are remembered most, these many years later. I send my sympathy to you and your family. Midge Irvin, Lincoln, Nebraska
Torrio Osborne & Marcia Porter
Dear Mrs Rabb: My heart goes to you, the boys and the entire family! Although I am no longer in Chicago permanently, my heart is with you in your time of transition. You and I met initially during NEOCON/OBD 1994 and as allways at local art events. As a result, I met those sharp Rabb gentlemen: Maurice, Jr, Chris and Maurice III ! My conversations with your husband were short yet his smile endures! One day at a time..one day at a time! Pray for God's grace upon you and your family! Deepest Regards, Torrio Osborne & Marcia Porter
Donn F. Bailey, Ph.D.
I remember when I first met Maurice in September 1949 at Indiana University. We were both freshman and we had many good experiences together in Bloomington, Indiana. I was disappointed when he transferred from IU to return to his home town to help desegregate the University of Louisville. Years later, my wife June introduced Madeline Murphy to Maurice during a summer vacation more than 39 years ago. June and I both have love and respect for Maurice, his loving wife, and their two fine sons. The Baileys continue to love the Rabbs.
Tracey Lewis
I can't seem to find the words to say just how profoundly sad I am , indeed the Lewis family was, to hear of the loss of Dr. Rabb. Let everyone who knew him in passing, as a mentor or as a family member--remember that energy is neither created nor destroyed. All of his great knowledge, skill and personality is not lost, it is merely transformed. And like a pebble skipping across the water, let his energy ripple out into the universe, touching lives into eternity. Peace be with you Mrs. Rabb, Maurice & Chris
Bobbie P. Womack
For a number of years Dr. Rabb was in charge of my visual health. He was always warm, caring, gentle, professional and effective. My sincerest condolences to you. He was certainly a wonderful spirit. I know his spirit will prevail.
Larry Ulanski II
To The Rabb Family, Unfortunately, I was only able to interact with Maurice for a few months, but in those few months it was obvious what a driven and dedicated teacher and mentor he was to everyone here at UIC. This is a wonderful website as it has allowed me to learn more about Maurice than ever would be mentioned in casual conversation. He truly transformed lives and contributed back more than his share. His is a life to be admired. I extend my deepest condolences for your loss. Fortunately, Maurice will live in your hearts for eternity.
Elmer Lucille Hammonds-Allen
To the Rabb Family: I had not seen Maurice for over 40 years until his mother moved to Treyton Oaks Tower, Louisville, KY. His wife took an image of the two of us and I will remember this day forever. I treasure our renewed friendship. I am proud to say that we were members of Central High School Class of 1949. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Joel Kaplan
Dear Madeline,Maurice and Christopher, I had the privilige of knowing Maurice for 45 years as a fellow resident, ophthalmology peer, a practice associate, a confidant and, most importantly, as a dear friend. There is nothing that I can add to the list of all the wonderful accomplishments Maurice achieved in his career or to the deserving praise that has been bestowed upon his life. Howver, to me they all pale when compared to the loyalty, committment and concern he extended to a friend. I was fortunate to have Maurice as one of my dear friends and I believe our bond of friendship was truly a mutual one.The number of memorable times we shared are too many to enumerate at this time but I shall always treasure them. Madeline, Roberta joins me in expressing our deep sorrow on learning of Maurice's death. He was a wonderful person and I am so glad I had the good fortune to know him so well. Love, Roberta and Joel
Richard and Mona Kerstine
Dear Madeline, How very distressed and sorry I was when I learned today of Maurice's death. Mona and I want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Maurice will always be remembered for his great contributions to Ophthalmology. I was one of his countless admirers and held him in great esteem. It was my privilege to be able to call him friend. He will be greatly missed. With our sincere condolences, Dick and Mona Kerstine
Well, Maurice, I was pretty much on target with the time period of my recollections. I recall seeing that book you wrote with Dr. Apple. It was sitting around the same place where I saw that honorary doctorate. But, I forgot to add another recollection...when you said you'd discovered some disease! Whew! If you'd only discovered it a year earlier, it would've been named after you. Oh, well... Chris and I had a nice conversation a couple of nights ago. It was really nice. I got some closure, based on some questions Maurice and Chris asked. At some point, though,I wanted to say something to Madeline and Maurice. However, the flow of the conversation was just too good to give up. Anyway, lots of love, Scootie-Wootie
Amy Hilliard
Dear Madeline, Maurice and Chris, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your wonderful husband and father. Thank you for sharing his remarkable life with us in this way! He has shown us all how to live life with passion, dedication, authenticity and love. What a legacy. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Sincerely, Amy Hilliard
Candida Alvarez
Dear Madeline, Chris, Maurice, Imani and Freeman Diallo: It is hard to imagine your family without Maurice, since he was always there. As a family, may you continue to find strength during this difficult time of transition. Chris and Maurice this site is such a loving and respectful tribute to your dad. There is so much I did not know about him, since he was so modest and private. Madeline your courage continues to be a source of strength and inspiration to me. Hugs Candida
Sally Magallanes
Dear Madeline, Maurice and Chris - I'm posting another note because I cannot get dear Dr. Rabb off of my heart. There's so much I learned about him from the "obituary" (really, a life tribute) that I never knew, and makes me admire and be in even greater awe of his life, work and interests. I will be joining the crowd next Sat. for his memorial. He was such an unassuming man, that I think he would be overwhelmed by all the praise and tributes. Much love and prayers, Sally
Ms. Arrawanna Allen
I had the pleasure of first meeting Dr Maurice Rabb in 1955 while attending Central High School in Louisville,Ky. Mrs. Jewel Rabb was my Enlish teacher and mentor. It was through her that I first met her son. It was in their home that I had my first opportunity to meet Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King. They were often house guest of the Rabb family. It was because of this wonderful family that I became active in the Civil Rights movement. While still a student at the University of LOuisville Maurice would often joke about his aroma. (Medical students know that aroma well) He had a sense of humor that never failed to make me laugh out loud. I could go on and on about this wonderful man that I had the pleasure to call friend. My heartfelt condolences to his wife, family and close friends at the lost of such a dear, cherished, and accomplished human being.
Barbara jFarnandis
Condolences from the Farnandis branch of the family. Barbara Farnandis and Benjamin J. Farnandis IV.
Ken Smikle
Dear Madeline, Chris, Maurice and Family, When I first arrived in Chicago 18 years ago with Renee and Jason, Madeline was one of the few people that I already knew. We spoke while I was writing a story back in New York. When I met all of you as a family, it was nothing short of inspirational. Having been an example of strength, integrity and compassion, as a family you are now inspiring us on how to celebrate and honor those we love. Maurice was an exceptional person as a husband, father and statesman. I wish I had availed myself of the opportunity to learn more from him. My prayers are with you all. “A short life is never good enough, but a good life is surely long enough.” Ken Smikle
Laura Phillips Byrd
My dear Madeline...read the Baltimore Afro Saturday morning and saw that Maurice had passed. My heartfelt condolences to the whole family with deepest sympathy. These words though most sincerely meant, can only share in part the thoughts of deepest sympathy they bring you from the heart. Love to you Madeline, Laura PB
Karen Harris
Chris and Maurice: As a child your father, Dr. Rabb, operated on my eyes. It was only later when I was around 10 and in sailing camp with Maurice Rabb that I learned of this and that Maurice was his son. At St. Ignatius I found both of you to be wonderful people. I am terribly sorry your loss and wanted to let you know I am praying for both of you and your family.
Reuben T. Nichols, M.D. & Attorney Catherine McEwen Nichols
We extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Rabb family. Reuben was an intern and resident at Michael Reese Hospital from 1974 to 1977 and later was on staff at both Michael Reese and Mercy where he met and worked with Dr. Rabb. Catherine worked with Madeline during Mayor Harold Washington administration and prior to that we worked together in the Cook County Physicians' Auxiliary. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to reach out to the family at this most difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Reuben and Catherine Nichols

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