Jane R. Blair dies at 89

Homemaker, volunteer and avid bay sailor

May 13, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Jane R. Blair, a homemaker and longtime volunteer, died Monday of pneumonia at her Annapolis home. She was 89.

Jane Rydstrom, the daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Beechdale Road in Roland Park.

After graduating from Girls' Latin School in 1938, she began working as a Candy Striper at Union Memorial Hospital.

In 1942, she moved to Washington, where she worked as an advertising representative for the Yellow Pages. She later moved to New Orleans, where she worked for the Port of New Orleans.

She returned to Baltimore in the late 1940s and took a job as assistant to the program director at WAAM-TV, which later became WJZ-TV.

While working at the station, she met Charles Stanley Blair, who was the television station's chief engineer. They married in 1952.

From 1952 to 1962, the couple lived in Rockland and then moved to Ruxton. They lived in Berwyn, Pa., from 1968 until moving to Annapolis in 1979.

While living in Berwyn, the couple kept a Maryland residence as co-owners of Gratitude Yacht Harbor and the White Swan Inn in Rock Hall.

Mrs. Blair volunteered with the state Department of Natural Resources and the Trading Post in Paoli, Pa., which raises money for the American Cancer Society.

In Annapolis, Mrs. Blair compiled more than 5,000 volunteer hours at the Clothes Box, which benefited Anne Arundel Medical Center.

An avid bay sailor with her husband, Mrs. Blair was a member of the Yacht Club at Watergate and the Annapolis Fleet Reserve.

She was an active communicant of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Surviving are a son, John Blair of Vero Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Heidi Smith of Phoenixville, Pa.; and six grandchildren. Her husband died in January.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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