Lynda S. Blair, a process associate in Human Resources at Western Michigan University, died July 26 at home while on leave. She was 47.
Blair, who joined the WMU staff in 2005, battled diabetes throughout the majority of her life. She took leave when her health left her unable to work earlier this year.
She served WMU for eight years and made a significant impact on the lives of all who knew her, inspiring many with her strength, courage and positive outlook.
Blair was born in the United Kingdom and came to the United States with her family in 1978, when her father accepted a position at IRDC in Mattawan, Mich. She graduated from Portage (Mich.) Central High School in 1983 and earned a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in marketing from WMU in 1987. She went on to work in a variety of roles for IRDC and Kalamazoo College.
Blair became a U.S. citizen in 1996, during a ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. She volunteered at the Kalamazoo Animal Rescue and had just started volunteering at the Kalamazoo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Memorial gifts may be made to the Kalamazoo County SPCA or the American Diabetes Association.