Diane Divers Blair

Diane Divers Blair, a U. of Arkansas political science professor whom President Clinton appointed to a five- year term on the board of the Corp. for Public Broadcasting, died June 26 in Fayetteville, Ark., following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 61.

She was a longtime friend and adviser to Clinton dating to the early 1970s when both Clintons taught at the U. of Arkansas. When Clinton took office in 1992, he appointed her to the board of the CPB. She was elected chairman of the panel in 1997, serving the maximum two years as leader.

In 1998, she was reappointed by the president and was confirmed by the Senate to a second term, which was to expire in January 2004.

For more than 12 years, Blair served as a commissioner of the Arkansas Educational Television Network, including a term as chairman. From 1986-88, she chaired then-Gov. Clinton’s task force on Satellite Television Instruction.

Blair’s funeral will be private. The Clintons are expected to attend a memorial service scheduled for July 25, White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said.

In addition to her husband, Blair is survived by five children and two grandchildren.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading