The Rev. John J. Blandin, S.J., who taught at Loyola High School and headed a Jesuit province in India, died Monday at a retirement home in Flourtown, Pa., of cancer and respiratory disease. He was 78.
A mass of Christian burial for Father Blandin was being offered today at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Roman Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock.
From 1978 until last fall, he had been associate pastor of St. Patrick's Church in York, Pa., and in the six years before that, he held the same post at churches in Middletown, Pa., and Gettysburg, Pa.
From 1968 until 1972, he worked at Jesuit mission bureaus, first in Philadelphia, then in Washington.
For 20 years before that, he had been assigned to Jesuit missions in the Jamshedpur, India, area, becoming regional superior in 1955, then the first provincial a year later. He held that post until 1962.
In 1939 and 1940, as a scholastic before his ordination, he taught chemistry at Loyola High School.
A native of Akron, Ohio, he attended Georgetown University for two years before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1933.
He is survived by a brother, Victor A. Blandin of Norfolk, Va.