Dr. Joan Blondin
1936 - 2019
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Dr. Joan Blondin

Shreveport - Dr. Joan Blondin, 82, passed away on March 7, 2019 in Austin, TX where she had been residing since her retirement from LSU Medical School in December 2018.

Joan was born on November 28, 1936 in Beaumont, TX to Joseph and Ona Mae Blondin. She was the oldest of three children.

Joan graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 and from Cornell University with a Master of Nutrition Science degree in 1961. She graduated from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Medical School in 1969, and completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in nephrology at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1974. In 1978 she opened a Nephrology practice in Monroe, Louisiana where she carried out her passion for patients and quality care for 22 years. She retired from private practice for two years, before returning to LSU Medical School in Shreveport to share her knowledge with the medical students, residents, and fellows that she mentored over the years until her retirement in December 2018 as a Professor of Medicine and Nephrology. At the time of her death, Joan was Emeritus Professor of Medicine at LSU Medical School.

Joan loved her family, reading, genealogy, needlework, cooking, travel, animals, especially cows, and being a physician. She was an active member in her community, having served on numerous boards and committees over the years. Among her many awards and accomplishments, she was Louisiana Tech University Alumnus of the Year in 1991, served on the Louisiana State Board of Regents for Higher Education from 1989-1994, and she received the prestigious Allen Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 from the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

She is survived by her brother's widow Connie Blondin and their children David Blondin, Jason Blondin, and Justin Blondin as well as by her sister's children Joe Simmons and Kay (Simmons) Chapman. She is also survived by many other nieces and nephews who will greatly miss her presence in their lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and both her brother Joe David Blondin and her sister Lillian (Blondin) Simmons.

There will be two Memorial Services honoring Joan's life and work. The first will be held at LSU Medical School at 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport, Louisiana in the Zadec Conference Center at 4 p.m. on Friday March 22, 2019, and the second will be held at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105 at 11 a.m. on March 23, 2019 and will be presided over by the Reverend Paul Martin. There will be a reception following the services at the church.The family will have a private interment ceremony in Ruston, Louisiana where Joan will be laid to rest with her family.

An award is being setup to honor Joan and her commitment to teaching at the LSU Medical School. Contributions to the Joan Blondin MD Outstanding Internal Medicine Resident Award can be sent to the LSU Health Shreveport Foundation at 920 Pierremont Road, Suite 506, Shreveport, Louisiana 71106. Please note Blondin Award in the memo line of check or on your online gift at www.lsuhsfoundation.org

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in Shreveport Times on Mar. 21, 2019.
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March 26, 2019
To the family and friends I'm so sorry for your loss Know that the God of all comfort feel your pain and sorrows. Isaiah 61:1,2 reads: He sent me (Jesus Christ) to bind up the broken hearted and to comfort all who mourn.
March 24, 2019
Sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for
the loss of your loved one,may the God of
tender mercies comfort and strengthen you
during this hard and difficult time.
March 23, 2019
Cora Jenkins
March 22, 2019
So sorry to see the news that Dr. Blondons death. I knew her way back when she was taking care of my brother. Hard to. . I knew her way back when she was taking care of my brother. Im also a graduate of Louisiana Tech in nutrition and work as a renal dietitian. She was A person I tried to emulate. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed
Rebecca Sadlet
March 21, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Blondin's passing. I had the great privilege and pleasure to take care of her when she would come to Bella Fresca restaurant to dine. She was definitely one of the restaurant's favorite guests, her dry sense of humor, candor and absolutely caring personality endeared her to us all. This is a great loss not only to me personally but to our restaurant as well as the Shreveport community as a whole. We will miss you Dr. Blondin, and I will never forget how you touched my life.
James Smith
March 21, 2019
I worked part time for Dr Blondin at her nephrology clinic in Monroe. She was an avid horse lover and I often visited with her at several horse competitions. She was a pleasure to be around at work and leisure. She was an asset to many lives. RIP Dr. Joan
Maydell Rea
March 21, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Dr.Blondin will always have a special place in my heart. I learned so much from her. She had such an impact on so many. Sending much love to her family.
Nancy Roberts
March 21, 2019
Sincere condolences to the entire Blondin family on this great loss . She was my doctor while she was in Monroe and took great care of me. She loved her brother JD and we always talked about him. He was my big brother in college and I miss him greatly. Now they can be together again and may they both Rest In Peace.
Merrill ONeal
March 21, 2019
Dr. B, you are an angel sent from God. You served others always more than yourself. You passed on great skills and knowledge to us all. I love you Dr. B!!!!
Betty Randle
March 20, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Blondin in Monroe. She was a great physician that truly cared about her patients and everyone around her. I learned so much from her as a young nurse. It was an honor to work with her.
Tracie Walsworth
March 18, 2019
The medical field has lost a marvelous physician and I have lost a dear friend with the passing of Joan Blondin. She was a kind, compassionate, and brilliant lady. Joan first touched my life when and others my age when she instructed the MYF group at Grace Methodist Church when I was in junior high in the late 1950s. Im blessed to have known her as well as her sister Lillian and her mother and brother.
Kay Prince
March 9, 2019
JOAN was one of the finest physicians to ever work in Monroe. Her compassion and care for her patients will long be remembered by their families.
It was my honor to work with her and call her my friend.
Cindy Rogers
Cindy Rogers
March 8, 2019
It is with great sadness to hear of Dr. Blondins passing. As a nurse I worked with her in Monroe, LA when she first came to this town along with Dr. Ernie Rutherford and established the first official nephrology program and as a consequence many patients were properly diagnosed and treated. Her and Dr. Rutherford's high standards of care resulted in such a decrease in the mortality/morbidity rates that it became necessary in a very short time to establish outlying units all around Monroe, essentially in a 30 mile radius. It is not really my job to elaborate on all of her achievements but what I can attest to is what it was like to work with her. Patients were treated with the utmost respect and were given equal opportunity in excellent health care which she and Dr. Rutherford personally oversaw. They expected the best from their staff and made sure there were many educational opportunities to enhance our knowledge of the field. As a result many of my colleagues stayed in the field of dialysis for many years (my personal run was 38 years.) I will forever be grateful for the door of opportunity that opened as a new graduate for me to be able to serve the community in this field of nursing. Dr. Blondin, thank you for your service to mankind and for making it possible for many to add years to their lives and, from a staff perspective, for providing what I consider a near perfect balance of doctor/nurse collaboration in health care - something I have not seen since that time.
Phyllis Brode
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