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John Louis Blair, 77, of Warren, Pa., retired president and chairman of the board of the Blair Corp. and a summer resident of Silver Creek, died Saturday (Aug. 29, 1998) in Warren General Hospital after a long illness.

He started at a very young age working part time at the former New Process Co., which was founded by his father in 1910. He later worked for Lake Erie Engineering Co. in Buffalo for three years before returning to Warren to become personnel director of New Process. He became vice president and, after the death of his father, John Leo Blair, became president and chairman of the board.

Blair was president for 25 years and a member of the board for 45 years until his retirement. The company, which has 2,000 employees, then became known as Blair Corp.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Orpha Thompson; a daughter, Wendy Blair Woodall of Cumming, Ga.; a son, John L. III of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Private services will be scheduled in the Mausoleum of the Ascension in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Warren.[hdkns]

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