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Gary Ronald Blair

July 16, 1951March 21, 2020

Gary Ronald Blair was born in Columbus, Ohio on July 16, 1951. He passed away peacefully at home on March 21, 2020, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Dr. Blair was an accomplished leader in education with 40-plus years of experience, ranging from teaching to division superintendent. He completed his undergraduate at James Madison University and went on to receive his Master's in Educational Administration and Supervision at Virginia Commonwealth and University and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from University of Virginia. Dr. Blair had a unique passion for education and could juggle many tasks at the same time. He was brilliant at balancing the budget; mitigating division issues as a human resource director or superintendent; continuing to visit schools to support students with both learning in the classroom and extracurricular activities; and teaching future educators as an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership at Averett University.

Dr. Blair was also devoted to his family and friends. He shared the same kindness and passion for family as he did for the school systems. He was always available to assist in any way possible for family, friends, colleagues and the school system(s).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert R. Blair and Clara E. Blair. He is survived by his wife, Donna Blair; as well as his brother, six children and four grandchildren, listed as follows respectively: Robert Blair, Shenna Price (David Price), Matthew Blair, Brent Blair, Megan Clayton (Jason Clayton), Deborah Mayo (Mikie Shifflett), Robbie Mayo, Gibson Price, Eli Price, Caleb Mayo and Carter Shifflett.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.


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Elizabeth Korab

March 28, 2020

Gary--you gifted myself and so many others with your funny stories, tremendous compassion towards others, and ability to listen. I am blessed our paths crossed and thank you for your continued encouragement. Your impact and kindness will always stay with me. I am brokenhearted for your family--can only imagine the impact you've had on their lives. My heart especially goes out to your sweet grandchildren.

Bianca J

March 26, 2020

Thank you Dr. Blair for our short, but meaningful conversations. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for you. Literally. Thank you so much and my condolences to the family. <3

Jayme Crawford

March 26, 2020

I only met him maybe twice and each time he treated me with such kindness. He will truly be miss a good kind man. Rest Easy Mr. Blair

Warner Howard

March 26, 2020

Gary Blair took a chance when he hired me to work for Charlottesville City Schools and I will be forever grateful. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Lisa Martin (Landrum)

March 25, 2020

Mr Blair was my 3rd grade teacher at RC Longan in 1976. I remember doing math games and laughing in his class. He always played this one joke with me - he would point to my shirt and say "What's that?". I'd look and he'd tap my nose. I fell for it every time, except for the last day of school that year. He jokingly said, "You did learn something!" I will treasure that memory.
My condolences to you all.

David Uhlig

March 23, 2020

Gary always had the time to sit and talk. The conversations were always warm and friendly. He had a special gift to set you at ease and I must say I enjoyed every moment I was fortunate enough to spend with him. So many funny stories mixed with so many insightful words of wisdom. I'm gonna miss you big guy. You were special.