BLALOCK, JANE W., 74
Orlando, FL - Jane W. Blalock, PhD., age 74 of Orlando, FL, passed away in Orlando on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born on November 18, 1939 in Gainesville, FL, parents Lewis F. and Essie Nell Blalock. Jane was raised in Gainesville and was a dedicated student from childhood. She graduated from J.J. Finley Elementary School, Gainesville High School, and the University of Florida. She received a Master's degree in speech pathology from Vanderbilt University, and a PhD in learning disabilities from Northwestern University. She spent several years as a professor at Northwestern University, and later was the Director of Educational Services at the Atlanta Speech School. Jane had a passion for teaching and helping children and adults with learning disabilities. She served on many boards and as an officer in multiple state and national organizations for learning disabilities, and co-authored a textbook on the subject. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and remained active in an alumni group which vacationed together.
Though she was very dedicated to her profession, she was not "all work". She smiled and laughed easily, and always considered Gainesville as her home. Jane was overjoyed with moving back to Gainesville from Atlanta when she retired. She was a loyal Gator fan, and attended most of the football games while living in Atlanta, and was occasionally annoyed with the Georgia fans.
Jane is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert and Lesley Blalock of Orlando, two nephews and a niece and eight great nephews and nieces. She leaves behind many close friends, and while she never had any children of her own, loved her niece and nephews as if they were her own.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE First Street Gainesville, FL. Interment will take place at Forest Meadows East in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jane's name may be made to the
Central and North Florida Chapter 378 Center Pointe Circle, Suite 1280 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.
Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Gainesville
311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014