Marilyn Madry Lightfoote

Died: Wed., Apr. 12, 2017


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Apr. 21, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Alpha Kappa Alpha Service

9:20 AM Fri., Apr. 21, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

The Links, Inc. Memorial Ceremony

10:15 AM Fri., Apr. 21, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Apr. 21, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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Marilyn Madry Lightfoote, M.D., Ph.D., was originally from Jacksonville, Florida, a molecular immunologist, and Director of Clinical Science for Devices and Radiological Health.  As a graduate of the Fisk Class of 1964, she received her medical degree from Howard University where she met her husband, the late Dr. William E. Lightfoote II, neurologist. She was the first African-American doctoral graduate in the molecular immunology department at The University of Virginia and received her PhD in 1985.
As a medical researcher at George Washington University and National Institutes of Health, her research led to the discovery of the HIV virus prior to it being identified as an epidemic. Dr. Marilyn Lightfoote then became the Director of the Division of Life Sciences at the FDA.
As an active member of numerous organizations, including The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and St. Paul's Episcopal Church she mentored all communities she encountered.
Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Dr. Lynne Lightfoote; mother, Mrs. Janie Cowart Madry; sister, Dr. Jacquelyn Madry-Taylor; niece, Miss Jana Taylor; three brothers-in-law and a host of family and friends.

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   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
I am sorry for your loss, your memories will bring you joy and please find comfort at Psalms 34:18, when it says he is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

Blanche D. Mays Maness-
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
To Lynn, Jackie, Jana and Mrs. Madry,
You are in my thoughts and prayers frequently knowing you are so heartbroken over your dearest Marilyn's passing. Please try to seek comfort in knowing your faith in God's will surpasses all understanding of this deep, deep loss. Maybe knowing that your beloved mom, sister, aunt and daughter made a profound legacy of positive impacts upon human kind and society. We will forever remember her pleasant, delightful smile and love for all of us.

May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
"The Common Book of Prayer". p. 465

Be blessed and covered with God's love and comfort,
Soror Blanche Delores "Cookie" Mays Maness
City of Alexandria, Virginia

George Warren
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017


This is such a great loss to the FDA family. We are proud to have worked with Marilyn as Chair of the Research Involving Human Subjects Committee, the agency's Institutional Review Board. You have our sincerest condolences. With love, Luciana Borio, Matt Warren, Rakesh Raghuwanshi, Jeff DeGrasse, Rhondalyn Cox, and Cindi Fitzpatrick

Betty C. McDuffie
   Posted Wed April 19, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Betty C. McDuffie.

Lynne, Janie, Jacquelyn and other love ones, we pray that our Heavenly Father comfort you and grant you peace during this deep loss. - Betty McDuffie, Cheryl James, and Robbi Stiell

Clifton Whitworth. Fisk 64
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Condolences to the family.

   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Death of a loved one is hard to deal with, but please take comfort in knowing that our loving Creator has promised that he will soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces". (Isaiah 25:8) Please accept my condolences for your loss during this difficult time.  

Rita Joy
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
To Marilyn's many family members and friends, whatever soothes your spirit, comforts your soul and brings you peace....that is what I wish for you at this challenging time.

Y. Holland
   Posted Sat May 13, 2017
My Deepest Condolences go out to the Lightfoote family, I hope you find comfort in these words, "He will swallow up death forever,......And will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8