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Retired IUP Professor Blair Celebrates 100th Birthday

On November 4, 2009, Dr. Lois Blair will celebrate her one hundredth birthday.

Blair came to the Indiana State Teacher’s College in 1946 to teach English in the junior-high grades of the Keith School. In 1961, after ISTC had become the Indiana State College, she was appointed director of laboratory experiences (student teaching), and finally retired ten years later from what had become Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She continued to live in Indiana and to play active roles in many local organizations. Dr. Blair touched the lives of hundreds of students at both the secondary and college levels.

When asked for her reflections on celebrating her one hundredth birthday, she replied, “I’m excited to be alive! The time passes quickly, and it doesn’t seem like that long (one hundred years). I’ve traveled a lot and been around the world, but my favorite place is home, where I live now. Home is what you make it.”

Content by Zachary Salopek

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