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James Bryan Blair, age 72, born to Beulah M. Richey and Bryan Luther Blair, died July 16, 2016. He and his wife of 50 years, Daphna L. Killen, were both born in Waynesburg, PA.

He was a Professor of Biochemistry at West Virginia University. He served as Department Head of Biochemistry at Oklahoma State University and Associate Provost for Research at Virginia Tech University. He was President of the Oklahoma Affiliate of the American Heart Association while living there.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Dwight Inghram, who resides with his wife, Melissa, in Wilmington, NC and a daughter, Tristan L. Samson living in Charlotte, NC. He leaves five grandchildren, Bryan James and Abigail Josephine Blair; and grandsons Grant Blair, Reed Garrett and Cole Bryant Samson of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Blair Negley, of Charlotte, NC.

His passions were woodworking, international travel and painting watercolors of those travels.
Published on July 31, 2016
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