In Memoriam

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Dr. Stephen Blount, second from right, works with Carter Center consultants in the Dominican Republic in 2016.
The Carter Center/G. Noland

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Stephen B. Blount passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Blount worked for 25 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), directing the Office of Global Health and then the Coordinating Office of Global Health. He provided oversight for the Global AIDS program, global immunization, disease eradication activities, as well as malaria, TB, and tobacco control efforts. Blount finished his CDC career as associate director for Global Health Development in 2013. He then joined The Carter Center. He served for many years as the center’s representative on the selection committee for the William H. Foege Fellowship in Global Health. Upon his retirement, Blount was the chair of the center’s International Task Force for Disease Eradication and advisor to the Hispaniola Initiative, which he formerly led, along with the Public Health Training Initiative, as director of Special Health Projects. Blount is survived by his wife Linda Goler Blount; children Stephanie (Joseph Kenol) and Joseph Blount (Laura); siblings Matthew and Sharon Blount; and grandchildren Barry, Davis, and Isabella.