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Kay Winger Blair (M.S., Physics, 1948; Ph.D., Math, 1959)


I was married to J. Morris Blair, a long time member of the Physics faculty, until his death in 1996.

We have two sons, John a physical chemist and Carl, an archaeologist. I am devoted to my three grandchildren aged 12, 9, and 7. I spent most of my career teaching at Hamline University. I currently volunteer in the fossil preparation lab at the Science Museum of Minnesota. I fondly remember the 1945-46 years as the department expanded rapidly when faculty and students returned from their war positions. At the first colloquium tea of 1946, Phyllis Freier introduced me to Morris Blair who had just arrived from Los Alamos. Within two years, we were. My favorite professor was Ed Hill, whom I remember as an excellent teacher who introduced me to theoretical physics in three quarter courses. The following year I was pleasantly surprised to find that he greeted me as a friend rather than a student.