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Charles Blakey Blackmar ’42

Published in Apr. 18, 2007, issue

Charlie died Jan. 29, 2007, in Bellair, Fla.

Our youngest classmate, Charlie came to us from Southwest High School in Kansas City, Mo., majored in politics, won the John G. Buchanan Prize, and graduated summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of Gateway Club.

During World War II he served as a first lieutenant in the Seventh Army, earning a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Charlie practiced law in Kansas City until 1966 when he became a professor of law at St. Louis University School of Law. While there he served as special assistant attorney general of Missouri and authored numerous books and articles.

Appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in 1982, Charlie reached the peak of his career when he was elected chief justice in 1989. After mandatory retirement in 1992 he devoted the rest of his life to promoting stem-cell research and abolishing the death penalty. In retirement Charlie edited The Class of 1942 During World War II.

In 1943, Charlie married Ellen Day Bonnifield. They had five children and eight grandchildren. Two years after Ellen died in 1983, Charlie married Jeanne Stephens Lee. To Jeanne and the family, the class extends deepest condolences.

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