Bruce Ben Blidner

March 19, 1945October 8, 2013

Bruce Blidner of University Park, FL formally of Columbus, Ohio died on October 8, 2013. He was born in New York, NY on March 19, 1945.

Bruce completed his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College and received a Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 1971. He worked for 32 years in Research & Development senior management for the Ross Division of Abbott Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio. He was awarded several US Patents during his career at Ross. After his retirement in 2005 he enjoyed playing golf and bridge at University Park Country Club and fishing with his sons.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia and sons Jeffrey (Renee) of Tampa, FL, Richard (Yalanda) of Benicia, CA and Kenneth (Nicole) of Minneapolis, MN and grandsons Logan, Andrew, and Jacob. He is also survived by his sister, Abra (Stephen) Dennis and brother, Martin (Regan) Blidner.

A Memorial Service will be held at Palms-Robards Funeral Home, 170 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34232 on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.


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Mary Baldwin

October 29, 2013

Please accept my condolences on the loss of Bruce. I had the pleasure of working with him at Abbott and have been forever grateful for the guidance he gave me during the years. He was a great mentor and will be greatly missed. Your family will be in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

Dan Gregory

October 22, 2013

Dear Pat and family, I had the pleasure of working with Bruce for many years at Ross/Abbott. He taught me a great deal about the manufacturing of our products. He was also a mentor to just talk about things in general and I enjoyed the discussions I had with him. My deepest sympathies, I know he will be missed.


October 22, 2013

Bernadette and I were very sorry to hear about Bruce's passing. Although we hadn't seen him in more than twenty years, we recounted his sharp intellect and the way he held his own in the spirited discussions about all matters pertinent and otherwise. I wish we had been able to spend more time with y'all.
Life would have been much more spirited.
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Bernadette and Doak

Shannon Heskett

October 21, 2013

Dearest Pat, Jeff, Rick, & Ken,

My deepest and sincerest sympathy on your loss. I had the pleasure of working directly with Bruce as his secretary over a 10 year span and he was one of kindest, most honest, and giving men I have ever known. I know that words can never lessen the pain you are in, but know that you are all in my prayers.

Jeremiah 29:11 - 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

With deepest sympathy,

Shannon Klusty Heskett

Steve Hartline

October 17, 2013

Dear Pat and Family, I am very saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. It was my honor to work for Bruce here at ABBOTT. He taught me many aspects of the business, many of which I still call upon today. I believe Bruce coined the phrase "low hanging fruit", here at ABBOTT. We still use the statements, " as Bruce would say...". My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you all throughout this tough transition in your lives.

Your Friend,
Steve Hartline

Anne Voss

October 17, 2013

Dear Pat,

I had the pleasure of working with Bruce for many years. It was always so interesting to learn his ideas and new concepts. I know you and your sons will miss him dearly. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know my thoughts are with you and your family.

Jeff Baxter

October 16, 2013

I was very saddened by this news. Bruce had a positive impact on my as a person and a professional scientist. He had a positive impact on the projects where he and I worked, and I will very much miss his entheusiasm and the humor he always brought to the table. I really wish he could have been with us far longer than he was and deeply regret his passing. Please accept my sincere sympathies.

Tommie Miller

October 13, 2013

Dear Pat,
I am very sad to learn of Bruce's passing.
May the many memories of your lives together and with family give you comfort. May the sharing of memories and photos bring you the warmth of love and smiles to you face and heart.
You and your sons are in my thoughts and prayers, Pat...
Thinking of you,
Tommie Miller

October 13, 2013

Please accept my sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Ross Landau