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Delois Brown-Daniels, M.Div. '80, Receives Anton Boisen Professional Service Award

Delois Brown-DanielsThe Rev. Delois Brown-Daniels, M.Div '80, has been awarded the 2005 Anton Boisen Professional Service Award by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of pastoral care. Brown-Daniels, Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL, was presented the award on April 10 during the APC's Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM. She is a member of the Yale Divinity School Alumnal Board.

Each year the Boisen award is given to a Board Certified Chaplain of the APC who demonstrates a commitment to excellence in professional chaplaincy and has offered a unique contribution to contemporary pastoral care. The Association of Professional Chaplains is a multifaith association established to certify and serve its membership and to promote professional chaplaincy.

Affectionately known to many as "Rev. Dee," in 2000 she formed the first pastoral care department in the 100-year history of Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Along with serving on the new management team of the hospital as Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care of the hospital, Brown-Daniels recruited a strong team of full-time clinical chaplains.

“This award honors the creative vision and unique talent of our association members,” said Robert Kidd, President of the Association of Professional Chaplains. "Chaplain Brown-Daniels has exhibited visionary leadership in the APC which not only strengthens our association, but increases awareness of the importance of professional spiritual care in her community.” She is the first African American to receive this award.

Brown-Daniels holds dual standing in the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches.

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