Friday, January 22, 2010
Homer O. Blair
Lauded career in patent and trademark law
Homer O. Blair, 84, formerly of Evergreen Lane, went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2009, in San Angelo, Texas. He was born April 11, 1925, in Tacoma, Washington, to Homer O. and Margaret Myers Blair.
He served his country honorably during World War II. He was in the 75th Infantry Division, including European Infantry combat duty during the Battle of the Bulge. He received three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, American Theater Campaign Medal, the Victory, the EAME Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Homer married Jean Zetter on June 30, 1957, in Irwin, Pennsylvania, and they shared 52 beautiful years of marriage together.
Professor Blair had degrees in chemistry, physics and law from the University of Washington in Seattle, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. He had more than 35 years of experience in the patent, trademark, licensing and technology transfer fields. After working in the patent departments of Westinghouse Electric, Boeing, Kaiser Aluminum and Celanese Corp., he was vice president of patents and licensing for Itek Corp. in Lexington for 19 years. After Itek was acquired by Litton Industries, Professor Blair was a David Rines professor of intellectual property law and industrial innovation for five years at Franklin Pierce Law Center.
He was a member of President Carter’s Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Industrial Innovation, the U.S. Advisory Committee on International Intellectual Property and the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee for Trademark Policy. He also played a significant role in the legislation that created the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was on six U.S. delegations to the United Nations in Geneva and New York and was a consultant to the U.N. He was president of the Licensing Executives Society USA/Canada and was president of the International Trademark Association, the only person to have held both of these positions. Professor Blair was a member of the board of directors of the American Intellectual Property Association and was also a member and chairman of various committees of the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Patent counsel and the Boston Patent Law Association. He was admitted to the practice of law in Washington, Massachusetts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
Professor Blair received a lifetime of achievements and awards. He loved giving speeches and loved wherever his career took him.
Homer was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gordon Blair. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Blair of San Angelo, Texas; daughter Patty Blair of San Angelo; one sister-in-law, Jeanne Blair of Piedmont, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews; other family members; and his very special walking companion, “Molly.”
The funeral service was held in San Angelo, Texas. Interment followed at Fairmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Baptist Memorials Retirement Center or Meals for the Elderly. ∆
Our sympathy to . . .
Linda Myers-Tierney, her husband Steven Tierney, and children Evan and Lauren of Lowell Street on the recent death of Linda’s mother, Kathryn Myers, 93, formerly of Kittery, Maine.
• D’Ann Brownrigg of Acton Street has a watercolor Great Blue Heron portrait (“Hunter”) on display as part of the Concord Art Association Members’ Juried I show. The exhibit is open now through February 7 at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. She also has paintings in a juried show at Nourish restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, through March.∆
Carlisle terriers take top Cairn awards at National Dog Show
Two Cairn terriers from Carlisle won the top breed honors at the American Kennel Club Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show in Long Beach, California, on December 13. Both were bred by Marly Lucier of North Road.
Bo, officially known as Champion Maverston Small Town Girl, was awarded Best of Breed and will appear in the terrier group when the show airs on Animal Planet, February 6. Bo is owned and handled by Lucier.
Bat, aka Champion Maverston Double Dutch, was awarded Best of Opposite Sex. Bat is co-owned by Tammy Erickson of Lowell Street and handled by Geoff Dawson of Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Carlisle Students on Dean’s Lists
• Philip Divino, of Westford Street, a sophomore at Providence College, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2009 semester.
• Bradford R. Mattison of Curve Street, a sophomore at the University of Richmond in Virginia, was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2009 semester.
• Alison Quinn of West Street was named to the University of Connecticut Dean’s List for Fall 2009.
• Marie Benkley of Old North Road, a senior, and Eric Johnson of Ember Lane, a sophomore, were named to the Dean’s List at Tufts University for the Fall 2009 semester.
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