Rob Blair

Durango, Colorado

1943 - 2015


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Rob Blair passed away on February 26, 2015, while Nordic skiing. He was 71 years old.Robert (Rob) William Blair, Jr. was born in Bossier City, LA, on November 28, 1943, to parents, Robert and Margaret MacLeod Blair. He received his BS degree in geology and a single-engine plane pilot's license at...

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I still think of Rob often. Even though he is not with us any more, his memory lives on.

Rob was a helpful voice of editing for our geologic mapping in the Durango area by the Colorado Geological Survey. He would give helpful suggestions about when I had too much quaternary cover on the maps or when I had too little. We spent much time discussing the local geology that way. I would also meet him on NM Fall field trips and at conferences in Denver. Rob taught me subtle differences in geomorphology and fluvial characteristics I never knew before. Such a nice man, one of the good...

I had the privilege of meeting Rob on a field trip, knowing him through the FCGS, and visiting his Mountain Studies Institute in Silverton. I am thankful for his kindness and giving spirit.
He will always be an inspiration.

My sincere condolences to the family of Rob. May the many wonderful memories of Rob bring you comfort and peace. Our God of love has promised to strengthen us during such difficult times. (1 Peter 5:6, 7)

I met Pat Blair a month or so before I met Rob when I painted the refrigerator (or was it the freezer?) at the Food Co-op in Durango where she was a driving force to see that the Co-op would succeed.
I met Rob my freshman year in the fall of 1974 on a pre-ski season run when he would come out and run 18-milers with the FLC X-C ski team. Rob was not only the geology professor with the most enthusiasm and energy, but introduced me to many in his large circle of friends that included...

My deepest condolences go out to Robert Blair's family, I had the privilege to meet him in my Environmental Geology class last semester and he was my inspiration along with my teacher to take the physical geology course.

Rob was a great geologist and a great man who contributed to our profession and his community in so many ways. He was a wonderful colleague, mentor, and friend to me over the years I spent in the Four Corners region. His works will definitely live on! My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and FLC colleagues.

My deepest condolences. I was Rob's colleague for many years at FLC. I warmly remember his friendship and collegiality. He was always ready to help you. He will be missed.

Dr. Blair was a special professor. I remember fondly the New Zealand field trip of 1982!