Dr. Sammie Dortch Death | Passed Away | Obituary
Sammie Dortch Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Sammie Dortch.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
Had the sad news this morning that my beloved friend Dr. Sammie Dortch passed to be with our Creator. Sammie was the founder of “Off the Pews” in CMA, servant of the Christ and the Church. Have kept this valued picture with her at far right, with Mr. Charles Carpenter, the late Dr. Eloise Cornelius and me. Sammie will be greatly missed.
Dr. Sammie Dortch, Ed.D
In Memoriam: Dr. Sammie Dortch, Ed.D
Community Renewal Society shares in the deep sorrow and lament in the loss of our beloved comrade and friend, Dr. Sammie Dortch who transitioned from this life into the next over the weekend. Dr. Dortch passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 18 at home. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and closest companions. She was an inspiration, a positive light and a mentor to many – including a spiritual and professional confidante to members of the CRS Board of Directors.
We are aware of announcements that have gone out prior to today. Out of respect for Dr. Dortch’s family, we agreed to hold off on announcing her passing until family members were informed. We will be sharing tributes to Dr. Sammie throughout our media and communication platforms today and this week. We welcome your reflections and tributes to honor her legacy.
Sammie Dortch, Ed.D, was a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a former chair of the CRS Board of Directors and served as co-chair for the most recent executive director’s search committee. She is the former chair of the Applied Science Department at Harold Washington College, where she taught gerontology. During her tenure, she received distinguished awards recognizing her as an outstanding educator. Dortch was a sought after advisor and consult in leadership for several nonprofit boards and was passionate about mentoring emerging generations of leadership. She served as President of the South Side Community Art Center – the longest continuously surviving Black art center (1939) in the country and Acting Executive Director of Chicago Hyde Park Village, a community-based organization with a focus on neighbors helping neighbors sixty and above to remain in the community.
Dr. Sammie’s engagement in community was endless as was her deep passion for social justice and inclusion. Her leadership with the United Church of Christ’s Chicago Metropolitan Association and Illinois Conference does not adequately reflect her influence. She is the former chairperson of LEEAP (Local Evangelism, Envisioning and Planting) Ministry, an Illinois Conference ministry charged with evangelistic mission of the church and former Dean of Cluster 6 of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the UCC (CMA). Dr. Sammie was most proud and passionate about Off the Pews and remained dedicated to its mission until her passing. Off the Pews, a faith-based intergenerational 501 3-C nonprofit initiated by the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ, was birthed out of a community-based call to action focused on reducing youth violence.
We are at a loss for words and grieve deeply for the void Dr. Sammie leaves. Community Renewal Society is better because of her service and leadership. She leaves our city and world better because of her integrity, passion, scholarship and leadership. We will share the details of her Celebration of Life as those details become available. Please join us in honoring her brilliant life and in offering heartfelt condolences to the village that loved her.
While our hearts are broken, we rejoice as she joins the great cloud of witnesses and take her place as an ancestor.
Asé (Let it be so).
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.