Joseph M. Black


IU Southeast Chancellor's Medallion (1995)
IU Southeast Chancellor's Medallion
Location: New Albany
Presenter: Leon Rand
Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1994)
School of Medicine
B.A., 1941; M.D., 1944
School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award (1980)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
School of Medicine
B.A., 1941; M.D., 1944
Z.G. Clevenger Award (1978)
B.A., 1941; M.D., 1944


Joseph Morton Black, was a distinguished family practice physician, and a key figure in Indiana's health care system. As president of the Indiana State Medical Association, past chairman of the board of Indiana Blue Shield, and a director of the Indiana Academy of Family Practice, he worked to keep the views of Indiana physicians and health care providers an integral part of governmental policy-making. One of the founders of the Indiana Medical Education Plan, Dr. Black helped decentralize statewide medical education for first-and second-year students, which has ensured the education of a greater number of physicians and encouraged them to practice in Indiana.

While working his way through undergraduate and medical school at IU, he played freshman basketball and football, was senior baseball manager, and a leading participant in campus activities. As president of the IU Alumni Association and a seven-term member of the IU Board of Trustees, he served with distinction and breadth of vision, insisting that higher education in Indiana remain accessible and affordable. Of exceptional significance to IUPUI and the IU Medical Center was his chairmanship of the hospitals subcommittee, which played an important role in the maturation of the Medical Center. Moreover, as trustee adviser, he was instrumental in the development of the expanded campus of IU Southeast.