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Richard Christian Jablonski

April 18, 1955 — February 29, 2024

Mt. Pleasant

Richard Christian Jablonski

Richard Christian Jablonski, 68, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Thursday, February 29, 2024. His Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 20, 2024, in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service.  

Rich was born April 18, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Edward Thomas Jablonski and the late Eileen Twomey Jablonski. The late Mr. Richard C. Jablonski served as Research Associate with the Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO) Program, within the Medical University of South Carolina's Academic Affairs Faculty Department. He authored and edited print and electronic publications and produced television programs on health-related and environmental issues.

Beginning November of 2023 in collaboration with SC ETV, Jablonski started producing MUSC~PICO’s made-for-television dialogue titled: 30 Years of Environmental Justice: From President Clinton to President Biden’s Update.  Made-for-television dialogue partners include US DOE and SC ETV.  

In April of 2022, Jablonski began work on a made-for-television project, which focused on the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on minority communities across the country; this program was moderated by Mr. John King, CNN Chief Correspondent.  The program was distributed during Spring of 2023.

Most recently, Jablonski served as Producer of Sea Change, a made-for-television documentary on the effects of climate change on four coastal communities in South Carolina and Georgia. The program received a 2018 Bronze Telly Award, Jablonski’s second as Producer or Co-Producer of programs delivered in conjunction with South Carolina Educational Television. Sea Change was not Jablonski’s first foray into the public dialogue on climate change. Climate Change: A Global Reality, is a made-for-television dialogue on the impacts of climate change on our nation's environment, economy, water and energy infrastructure, food supply and healthcare.

Jablonski previously served as Producer of the nationally distributed Living With Risk series on environmental health risk (four programs), the locally distributed Our Health series on minority health issues (19 programs), and the Securing Our Future series on our nation's energy security (three programs). Our Health: The HIV/AIDS Crisis was a finalist for a Southeastern Regional Emmy Award in 2002. In 2006, Jablonski served as Producer for the televised dialogue, titled: A Moment's Notice: Emergency Preparedness and Response. The program debuted on South Carolina Educational Television in October 2006. Previously, Jablonski produced television programs for the District of Columbia Department of Health (Asthma in the District of Columbia); South Carolina Educational Television (The Road to Equality); the National Environmental Policy Commission (Finding a Balance: Healthy, Sustainable Communities); and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (Dilemma in High Desert).

Jablonski began his association with the Medical University in 1993 as Program Information Coordinator for the Environmental Hazards Assessment Program, which later was renamed the Environmental Biosciences Program. He moved to the Research Associate position in 2000. In his 29 years at the Medical University, he authored, edited or overseen publication of dozens of articles, reports and books. Before joining the Medical University, Jablonski worked as a print and broadcast journalist in Montreal, PQ; Oneonta and Binghamton, NY; and Charleston, SC.  He has freelanced for dozens of newspapers and magazines in the United States and Canada.

In his spare time, Jablonski authored and edited instructional books on health and fitness topics. He also has served a total of 15 seasons as a volunteer basketball coach at five local schools serving diverse constituencies - Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant; Stratford High School in Ladson: Coastal Christian Prep in Mount Pleasant: Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, and North Charleston High School.

A native of Setauket, NY, Jablonski was a 1979 graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He resided in Mount Pleasant. His son, Mr. Christian Jablonski, and Christian’s significant other, Lauren, reside in Houston, TX, where Christian works for that city’s National Football League franchise, the Texans.

He is survived by son, Christian Jablonski, brother, Steve Jablonski and sister, Felicia Jablonski.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the ​American Heart Association​​​.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 20, 2024

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