Rosemary Blair

Obituary of Rosemary Blair

Rosemary Miles Blair died on July 2, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 84. Rosemary was born on February 22, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to Catherine Gannon Miles and George Bernard Miles, the youngest of three children. Rosemary received her BA from the College of New Rochelle and Master's from Columbia University Teacher's College. In 1954 she married David William Blair, of Rogue River, Oregon, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia. They were married in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick's Cathedral. In 1958 they moved to Princeton. Rosemary became an art teacher in the Princeton School system where she taught for 30 years. They had six children. Rosemary was active in the community of Princeton and an accomplished artist. She was instrumental in bringing bike paths to Princeton in 1978. She was on the small Catholic study group that led to the establishment of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. Rosemary was passionate about preserving open space in both Princeton and New Jersey. She was a founder of the D and R Greenway Land Trust after serving as president of the Friends of Princeton Open Space. Under her stewardship the Land Trust preserved in excess of 15,000 acres in New Jersey for the enjoyment of future generations. Rosemary is survived by her husband of 61 years, David, five daughters and one son and their spouses; Karen and Tom Horn, Moretown, Vermont; Barbara Blair Randall, Brooklyn, New York; Maria and Eric Belliveau, Hinesburg, Vermont; Amanda and Peter Nichols, Hopewell, New Jersey; Bernice (May) and David Belmont Olav Blair, Washington, D. C. and Rachel and Terrence McGregor, Dedham, Massachusetts. Rosemary was proud of her 16 grandchildren who are spread far and wide at university or working from San Francisco to Zurich, Switzerland. They are Ben, Amos, Catherine, Henry, Philip, Lucy, Willie, Blaire, Zachary, Becca, David, Edith, John, Norah, Sam and Charlie. Rosemary was a practicing Catholic and feminist. Rosemary will rest at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, New Jersey. Visiting hours are Tuesday, July 7 from 6 �" 8 p.m. A Roman Catholic mass will be said on Wednesday, July 8th at 10:00 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the D and R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton New Jersey 08540.
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