Florence Blackmun



Florence the Traveler

Florence Blackmun was a curious and adventuresome traveler. She visited Europe, Asia, and Australia as well as Central America, the Caribbean, and all around the U.S.

Her favorite foreign destination: the caves at Lascaux in south-central France. There, 25,000 years ago, prehistoric artists created quite sophisticated paintings of animals that were extant in that period. Over the years, the breath of thousands of visitors has damaged the paintings, and the caves are now closed to all but a few scholars.

In the U.S., Florence's favorite place to visit was The Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. She liked to spend a few weeks there every summer, enjoying the music, the morning lectures, the Victorian architecture, and the great food at the Hotel Atheneum.


Florence the Reader

Florence was a daily reader of the New York Times and a faithful fan of The New Yorker, Civilization, The Smithsonian, and the new magazine, George.


Florence the Mother

Florence is the mother of three splendid children, Ellen, Sarah, and Bob.

Ellen Blackmun is married to Jim Wolff and lives with him and Annabelle in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is the Director of Electronic Services Projects for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Sarah Blackmun lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., with her husband, Dr. Steve Eskow, and Quincy. She is the Executive Vice President of the Pangaea Network.

Bob Blackmun lives with his wife Janet in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the North Carolina Community College System.


. . . and Grandmother

Florence's grandchildren are Andrew Blackmun and Joanne Blackmun, son and daughter of Bob and Janet. Andy and his wife, Kathi Turpin, are graduates of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University; they live in Denver, where Kathi teaches at the Iliff School of Theology and Andy works for Habitat for Humanity. Kathi earned her Ph.D. at Emory University.

Joanne, a graduate of Pfeiffer College, is married to Christopher Anderson, an engineer, and is a graduate student preparing to be a psychological counselor.


Some of Florence's History

Florence was born in Cleveland, Ohio; her parents were Sara Lena Swann Haviland and Holmes B. Haviland, a school teacher turned salesman. Florence was one of six children who survived infancy; she survived all of her siblings (and she was proud of this accomplishment!).

Florence attended Cleveland College and worked for several years for Alcoa, where she met her husband, Edward Vernon "Ted" Blackmun, Jr. He was the son of Edward Sr. and Frances Russell Blackmun of Boston, Mass. Florence and Ted were married for 42 years, until he died in 1978.

Florence lived in Sarasota, Florida, from 1975 until October 1997, when she moved to charming and historic DeLand, Florida. Before retirement, she and her husband lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., Westfield, N.J., and Bay Village, Ohio.


Appreciations of Florence

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