Detroit Community Leader Marlowe Stoudamire Dies From Coronavirus

Stoudamire was a former executive for Henry Ford Health System.

WWJ News
March 24, 2020 - 10:48 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Detroit community leader and entreprenuer Marlowe Stoudamire has died from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Henry Ford Health System officials announced the 43-year-old Stoudamire's death Tuesday night.

Stoudamire, a former employee of Henry Ford Health System, was a dedicated husband, father of two and a graduate of Detroit's Cass Tech High School. He is survived by his wife, Valencia, and two young children.

“An amazing man, husband, friend and one of the best dads that I have ever met lost his life to COVID-19 today,” said Bob Riney, President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Henry Ford Health System. “Marlowe was a devoted Detroit advocate who would light up any room with his ideas and strategic thinking. He was tireless in his love and care for others. My wife and I are heartbroken for this devastating loss. We will continue the fight of this terrible pandemic in his honor.”

Riney was a close friend and mentor to Stoudamire.

Stoudamire was principal and founder of the integrated marketing and social impact firm, 2050 Partners, Inc., helping people, organizations and cities stay relevant and connected.

Prior to launching 2050 Partners, Stoudamire served as chief of staff at the Skillman Foundation. He also led the Detroit Historical Society’s award-winning "Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward" project, which received the 2018 IMLS National Medal -- the nation's highest award bestowed to museums and libraries.

Stoudamire had received numerous awards and accolades for his work both professionally and in the Detroit community.

Michigan has reported more than 1,800 total cases of coronavirus and more than two dozen deaths.