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Background Information

Employment History

Chairman
John Gray Foundation

Affiliations

Trustee
John Gray Foundation

Founder
Hardin Memorial Hospital

Board Member
Kilgore First National Bank

Board Member
Liberty General Insurance Company

Board Member
Southeast Texas Savings and Loan

Board Member
Stonewall Bank of Corpus Christi

Education



Kountze High School



Texas Christian University

Web References (2 Total References)


A new scholarship has been established ...

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A new scholarship has been established in memory of longtime Texas leaders and friends Fred Hartman and John Blair.

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A true Southeast Texan at heart, John Blair grew up in Hardin County and attended Kountze High School. After graduating, he served as deputy for the sheriff's department. At age 19 he became the youngest man in the history of the county to serve in that position. He later attended Texas Christian University. With his wife, Vida, he went on to establish Kountze Insurance Agency.
Blair served on many boards and agencies throughout his professional and personal life. He served as the director of Southeast Texas Savings and Loan in Woodville, Stonewall Bank of Corpus Christi, Kilgore First National Bank, and Liberty General Insurance Company in Dallas. He was instrumental in establishing Hardin Memorial Hospital, where he chaired for 10 of the 13 years he was on its board. Blair also presided over the Texas Association of Hospital Governing Boards and received one of its highest distinctions, the Founders Award. Also a member of the Hardin County School board, he chaired the Board of Equalization for 10 years. Some of his other memberships include the Texas Labor Management Council, Kountze Chamber of Commerce, and a life member of the Masonic Lodge.
Not only was Blair a man of great character but also great generosity. In 1986, when the First United Methodist Church of Kountze was in need of land for a building site, Blair and his wife donated the property where their first home once stood. In dedicating this gift in the memory of their longtime family friend, E.L. Adams, Blair stated, "the only things that you truly get to keep are the things you give away.
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Blair continued to demonstrate this philosophy by donating gifts of land to the Christian Loving Care Center and Masonic Lodge.
Throughout his life, Blair remained diligent with many great causes, one of which was wilderness conservation. His passion was demonstrated by his membership in the Texas Forestry Association and his involvement in property and timber investment and management. One of his greatest contributions to this cause was a donation to the United States Department of the Interior. He provided 13 acres of land adjacent to the Big Thicket National Preserve to be used as a visitor's center and maintenance facility in order to preserve the beauty and tranquility surrounding the site and educate the public about the park and its resources.
Blair also held a great passion for the government process close to his heart. He took pride in the fact that Hardin County citizens were actively engaged in local politics. Elected in the biggest landslide in Hardin County History, Blair was voted mayor of Kountze in 1971.
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Through Lamar, Blair was instrumental in creating thousands of new jobs in Southeast Texas. In 1987, the Lamar University Board of Regents appointed him as a trustee of the John Gray Foundation, and in 1988 he became its chairman, a position he held at the time of his death. During his tenure, the John Gray Institute created the Labor Management Council and completed a groundbreaking study on managing workplace safety and health titled, "The Case of Contract Labor in the U.S. Petrochemical Industry. The Institute was also responsible for the creation of 1000 new small businesses that generated 3200 new jobs in the area. The Institute provided assistance in transition and placement to 5000 affected workers. Lamar conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree upon Blair for exemplary service to the university.


Biographies -Dr. A. O. Blair

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Dr. Blair was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge, the Knights Templar, the Shrine, Woodmen of the World and A. O. U. W. Many anecdotes are told of Dr. Blair's early practice in Crawford County. He possessed of a remarkable personality and enormous vitality, which sustained him at times when a weaker man would have given up. During the last two years of his life; although his health was constantly failing, he tenaciously hung to his practice, largely because of the demand of his old patients, who would have no other physician serve them, and he remained active until the last.

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