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Their Stories: Marlowe Stoudamire, an unrelenting champion for Detroit, dies from the coronavirus at 43

Marlowe Stoudamire was bothered with how the media portrayed his city. He took it personally when Detroit lost the bid for Amazon’s second headquarters and the narrative that followed claimed the Motor City lacked talent. In response, Stoudamire created Roster Detroit, which began as a series of social media posts he wrote to pay tribute to Detroiters who made positive contributions to the city. As Roster generated excitement, it grew into a digital platform that revealed and amplified the city’s talent.

“He was an advocate for people,” Brian Bono, his co-partner at Roster Detroit, says of Stoudamire. “Every project was about everybody else.”

On Facebook, whenever Stoudamire promoted a new face for Roster Detroit, he would sign off, “If you don’t know now you know… #DetroitHasTalent.”

On Tuesday, March 24, Marlowe Stoudamire, 43, who had dedicated his life to bringing change to Detroit, died from the coronavirus in the city he loved, despite having no underlying conditions.

Stoudamire was no exception to the hashtag.

“One of his superpowers was people,” says Tatiana Grant, his co-founder at 2050 Partners, Inc., integrated marketing and social impact agency. “He gained genuine pleasure interacting with and helping people.”

Stoudamire recognized social capital and created numerous passion projects and businesses around this skill. All of his ventures and projects aimed to get people, companies, and cities to recognize and better utilize overlooked talents and resources, which would then bring about economic, cultural, and social change.

“Marlowe was a once-in-a-lifetime guy. I’ve never worked with anyone who was truthful like him, motivated like him, or could tell a story like him. I always swore he’d be Detroit mayor one day,” Nick Sternberg, another of Stoudamire’s collaborators, wrote on LinkedIn.

In fact, many Detroiters had nicknamed him “Mayor.”

A graduate of Wayne State University with a BA in business, Stoudamire went on to Central Michigan University to earn an MSA in international administration. He later worked as chief of staff at the Skillman Foundation, and then at Henry Ford Health Systems, where he served as community and diversity manager before being promoted to project director of international business strategy.

“We had so many ideas to build together,” playwright Dominique Morisseau, who went to high school with Stoudamire, wrote on Facebook. “Detroit will never be the same without you.”

Michiganders who stood on the front lines of change also mourned Stoudamire’s passing on Twitter. Former State Sen. Ian Conyers called Stoudamire “one of those shining examples of what you can do when you’re committed to making Detroit a better place.” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wrote, “Marlowe Stoudamire was a great friend & one of Detroit’s most committed advocates.”

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist also called Stoudamire “my friend. A man whose passion for people was only exceeded by his passion for purpose-driven community building. Our world will not be the same without his presence.”

This was not just the loss of a community leader, but of a loving family man.

“The light that he was in the world was the light he was at home,” says his wife Valencia Stoudamire. “He was there for every game, every program, every speech. He was just ever present.”

“After 2:40, every day, he went to pick up his kids,” Grant says of Stoudamire, adding that whenever the kids were off from school, they’d come to work with their father. When Grant announced her own pregnancy two years earlier to Stoudamire, just before they started 2050 Partners, Inc., he took the news to heart. “He personally felt like he had a responsibility to be successful.”

Stoudamire served as a consultant for the National Hockey League’s Social Impact, Growth and Legislative Affairs department. A month before his death, he announced that he was working with the Detroit Red Wings to commit $1 million to grow the sport of hockey in Detroit, introducing the game to 30,000 youngsters. His efforts extended into other cities, too. In a tweet, the mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, called Stoudamire “a dedicated reformer and fighter for a better city for all. He came to Pittsburgh to help spread hockey to black and underserved neighborhoods.”

Yet another project Stoudemire championed was Detroit Historical Society’s Detroit 67: Looking Back to MOVE FORWARD, which allowed the city to engage and reflect on that turbulent summer of 1967. Detroit 67, which Stoudamire spearheaded, received the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal, the country’s top award presented to museums and libraries, and Stoudamire went to Dubrovnik, Croatia, to accept second place at the Best in Heritage Conference, which celebrates the best heritage projects globally.

In an interview with Crain’s, Rebecca Salminen Witt, the society’s chief development and communications officer said, “Marlowe really was the face and also the voice for the project.”

Bono, a self-described introvert, recalled his first interaction with Stoudamire at a Detroit 67 planning meeting: “The second I walked into the room, he immediately came over to me and gave me a big old bear hug.” And throughout their relationship, “Marlowe saw something in me that I didn’t know or believe, and he was so persuasive that he made me believe in myself.”

Marlowe Stoudamire is survived by his wife, Valencia Stoudamire, and his two young children.