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Howard E. Blake


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Howard E. Blake Obituary
Howard E. Blake, 92 Temple University Professor Dr. Howard E. Blake, a longtime resident of Media and former professor of English Education and Elementary Education at Temple University, died June 15 at White Horse Village in Newtown Square. He was 92. Born in 1922 in Fairfield, N.C., Dr. Blake was the son of farmers. At Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, N.C., he studied to become a classroom teacher and met his future wife, Betty (Miller) Blake, to whom he was married until her death in 2009. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as the Commanding Officer of a PT boat. Following the war he began his teaching career in Eden, N.C., where he taught all grade levels before becoming a principal in 1950. He continued his education at the University of North Carolina and then Columbia University, where he received his Ed.D. in 1954. He was hired as a professor at Temple in 1955. At Temple, Dr. Blake oversaw the training of tens of thousands of Philadelphia-area public school teachers and adminstrators. He also developed off-campus classes for Delaware County teachers and acted as a pioneer in the field of adult literacy. In 1990 he was awarded the Great Teacher Award, Temple's top honor for excellence in teaching. He is survived by a son, Howard E. "Chip" Blake, Jr. of Great Barrington, MA., a daughter, Gene O. "Genie" Blake of Ocean City, MD., and a grandson, Jay Blake. Service: A celebration of his life, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m. at Tyler Arboretum in Media. In lieu of flowers: contributions can be made in Dr. Blake's name to Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media, PA 19063, www.tylerarboretum.org Online condolences: www.cavanaghfuneralhome.com
Published in The Daily Times on July 18, 2014
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