Statement from Former President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Dick Blum


ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter issued the following statement Monday:

“Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of our dear friend Dick Blum. Dick dedicated much of his life and personal resources to improving the lives of the less fortunate around the world. The Carter Center has been blessed to be one of the recipients of his goodwill and generosity. We send our love to Dianne and their family, and we will keep them in our prayers during this difficult time.”

President Carter’s sentiments were echoed by the leadership of The Carter Center.

“Dick’s contributions as a member of The Carter Center’s Board of Trustees for 21 years have been integral to our successes and so important to me personally,” added board Chair Jason Carter. “I will certainly miss his innovative ideas, guidance, and friendship.”

Paige Alexander, chief executive officer, added: “While our time together was limited, it is no secret that much of the strength of the organization I am fortunate enough to lead comes from Dick Blum’s good work, support, and wise guidance, which the entire philanthropic sector has benefitted from over the years.”


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A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.