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Vale Dr Tim Black

Dr Tim Black, CBE, who, with his wife Jean, co-founded the leading British women’s health organisation Marie Stopes International, died aged 77 on Friday 12 December 2014.

Tim grew up in Sussex and died just outside the home in which he was born, after one of his favourite walks through the nearby woods.

The organisation they started in 1976 has served more than 100 million women and men across the globe, providing contraception and safe abortion services to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Tim served as Chief Executive of Marie Stopes International for 30 years from 1976 to 2006, and during his time built an organisation that reached 150,000 women a year in the 1970s into one that offered life-saving family planning and safe abortion services to nearly five million by the end of his tenure. Today, in 2014, more than 15 million women are using contraception provided by the organisation he founded.

Tim was awarded the CBE in the 1994 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘Services to International Family Planning in Developing Countries’.

He is survived by his wife Jean, now retired, and daughters Jane, a humanitarian aid worker and Julia, a social entrepreneur, and grandchildren Jack, Ellie, Finn, Esme and Seb.

Dr Timothy Reuben Ladbroke (Tim) Black, CBE.  7  January 1937 – 11 December 2014

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