The widow of the physician listed on President Obama’s purported birth certificate works on a state taskforce that advises the agency that released the document, Hawaii’s Department of Health, WND has learned.
Following more than two years of controversy surrounding the issue, the White House today released a copy of President Obama’s “Certificate of Live Birth.”
The certificate bears the signature of David A. Sinclair, a retired physician who died Aug. 20, 2003, at the age of 81.
Sinclair’s wife, Ivalee Mae Sinclair, 82, works for the state of Hawaii’s legislature.
In January, she was elected chairman of the Special Education Task Force of the Department of Education, a panel she has been on since its founding by the state legislature in 2007.
According to its founding documents, the task force advises the legislature on issues of special education to be developed and implemented jointly by the Departments of Health and Education.
Sinclair could not be immediately reached for comment at her home in Honolulu.
Like Obama’s mother, Stanley Anne Dunham, Ivalee Sinclair was born in Kansas. She reportedly came to Hawaii in 1945 on the first ship to allow civilians after the war.
A profile on her in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from May 2008 says she met her late husband in a pre-med class at the University of Hawaii. In 1947, the couple departed for the University of California-Berkeley then returned to Hawaii in 1960.
David Sinclair became an obstetrician/gynecologist, while Ivalee said she decided against medical school so she could focus on raising children.
Previously, she worked for the Department of Education as a part-time family specialist.
In 1972, she served as executive assistant to the board for the Hawaii Association of Children with Learning Disabilities, where she worked with the Department of Education to help create programs for children with learning disabilities
She has been deeply involved in guiding new federal laws and regulations on behalf of special needs children in Hawaii.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott