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ROBERT R. BLAKE (Age 66)  

On February 9, 2013, died of a heart attack as he returned from his daily jog. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Claudia Blake; his son Colin Blake of Alameda, CA; his daughter Jessica Blake and son-in-law Mat Morgan and grandchildren, Miles and Parker Morgan, of Beaverton, OR; and his sister Nancy Blake of Pinole, CA.
He was born in Sacramento. CA, January 28, 1947, moved to India when he was 11, to Teheran and back to India for high school graduation in 1964. After obtaining a BA from Wesleyan University (CT) in 1968 and a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1974, he moved to the DC area, working for the US Treasury in various international affairs departments for 15 yrs before taking a job as a development economist at The World Bank. He concentrated on Africa, a continent that he grew to love deeply. Following postings in Cameroon, Uganda, and Madagascar, he retired in 2009. Economic development was his professional passion, and in retirement he discovered the joy of child development as he spent half of each year with his grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2:00, on February 18, 2013, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444, Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA. Please see for directions and parking information. Bob believed economic development was pretty simple: empower women. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring his life in development with contributions of time or money to such groups as Women's World Banking, Grameen Foundation, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Waters for the World, or Doctors Without Borders. Personal memories of Bob may be left at for inclusion in a family scrapbook.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 15, 2013
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