In Memoriam: Howard Clifton Blue, 1957-2017

Howard Blue, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale Medical School and the deputy director of mental health and counseling at Yale Health, died on February 13. He was 59 years old.

Dr. Blue grew up in rural southeastern North Carolina, where he was the valedictorian of his high school class. He was one of 16 children in his family. He was a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he majored in biochemistry. He earned his medical degree at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Blue began his residency training in psychiatry at Yale Medical School in 1983. After completing his residency and working at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, Dr. Blue became a staff psychiatrist at Yale Mental Health and Counseling in 1993.

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  1. I am a Blue from NC and a retired professor–would be interested to know if this august gentleman and my family are connected? B. Blue

    • You may contact me via email ( to begin dialogue. My family grew up in southeastern NC within Bladen County. I know of family in Winston-Salem, Laurenberg, Clarkton and Fayetteville.

  2. Clifton Blue was my uncle who I grew to respect and love and I enjoyed seeing him and my mom his sister cook fich, cakes etc…. and the joy that he brought to the family. We called him “DOC” and enjoyed the stories that he would share about his tennis playing, his sisters and brothers and there childhood days.
    He is and will continued to be missed

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