In Memory of Page Morton Black
This page is a tribute to Page Morton Black, a philanthropist who dedicated the second half of her long and varied career to the Parkinson’s disease community, who died in the early morning of July 21. Mrs. Black worked for more than 40 years to build support for Parkinson’s research programs at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).
It was William Black, Mrs. Black’s late husband and founder of the Chock full o’Nuts coffee and restaurant business, who, using his own money, created PDF in 1957. PDF was the first not-for-profit foundation in the US to be dedicated to research and education on Parkinson’s disease.
Mrs. Black served as Secretary of PDF’s Board of Directors until assuming the role of Chairman after her husband’s death in 1983. She resigned from the PDF Board in 2012 but continued to serve the organization as Chairman Emeritus until her death. Under her leadership, PDF has become a leader in the Parkinson’s community, dedicating over $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.
Robin Elliott, President of PDF said: “We have lost a much-loved, deeply admired and great ambassador for all those who live with Parkinson’s disease. The Board and staff of PDF join the community in mourning her passing. Her indomitable spirit shall continue to be our inspiration in our quest for a cure for this terrible disease.”
Every donation makes a difference in advancing the work that Mrs. Black championed for so long.
More than 81 percent of PDF’s funds go directly toward its programs. PDF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all gifts are tax deductible.
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