December 27, 1925 – November 13, 2013
BLANK, Allan, 87 of Richmond, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at his home, after a brief battle with cancer. Born December 27, 1925 in The Bronx, N.Y., he was the beloved husband for 50 years to the late Margot Blank, son of the late Hyman and Gusta Blank and the brother of the late Harry Blank. Relatives include his nephew, Dr. Mark S. Blank of Baltimore, his wife Dr. Beth Brewster-Blank, their son, Samuel Blank; nephew, Dr. Howard Blank; niece, Joy Lederman; sister in law, Ann Blank; and many great nephews and nieces. Allan's accomplishments as a professor of music composition were very extensive. A recent article elaborating his career appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch. Information about his life and achievements can be found at The Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), The American Composers Alliance (ACA), The American Music Center, and The Diehns Composers Room at Old Dominion University. A memorial gathering will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013, at the Huguenot Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian. Inurnment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery for family members. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Allan and Margot Blank to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences to WoodyFuneralHome.com.
December 3, 2013
Allan was the first composer with whom I had any contact - back in the late 1950s when he taught at Junior High School 44 in New York City. He encouraged my earliest compositional efforts - and, later, after completing the doctorate at Juilliard, became a personal and professional friend. My own 4th Piano Sonata, which will be my Opus 123 upon completion, will be dedicated to his memory.
Avrohom Leichtling (Monsey, NY)
December 1, 2013
I always admired Mr. Blank's passion for life and music- it was inspiring! He had so much energy and love of music, and you couldn't help get caught up in it with him. He will be missed in the music community.
November 30, 2013
To the family of Mr. Blanks, I am saddened to hear of his passing. Mr. Blanks was one of my regular customers at the Bon Air Post Office. He had a large collection of old stamps that he would use to mail his music. I will miss seeing him, he was a nice gentleman and a joy to serve him at the Post Office. Blessings and Peace to his family at this sad time. Maria Cosby
Bud Hazelgrove, GM
November 18, 2013
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