EASTON — A champion from the heyday of print journalism on the Eastern Shore died Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Bob Blank, a 45-year veteran senior partner of Whitcom Partners, owners of The Star Democrat, the Record Observer and other newspapers on the Eastern Shore and southern Maryland, along with an array of additional holdings, was 75 years old.
Blank was a businessman who had many interests and investments in a wide variety of pursuits, but held a special place in his heart for the newspaper business, particularly on the Shore, according to his colleagues and former employees.
Those who worked for him here remember him as a strong leader and steadfast supporter.
“He was as comfortable in the board room in New York carrying our torch as he was visiting with us at a patio picnic on a tributary to the Chesapeake,” Blake Wilson wrote in response to Blank’s New York Times obituary. Wilson worked for the Chesapeake newspaper group in the 1970s.
Blank was born Nov. 28, 1940 in Philadelphia to Samuel Allen Blank and Ruth Saler Blank. He was a member of the Class of 1958 at the Haverford School in Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Cornell University in 1962 and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Blank began his law career as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, from 1965 to 1968.
He decided to try working in finance when he got a job in the mergers and acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs.
In 1972 he joined the Whitney Communications Corp. as a partner, investing in television stations, radio, cable, magazines and newspapers.
The primary partner and founder of Whitney Communications was John Hay “Jock” Whitney, publisher, philanthropist, sportsman, investor and U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, among others.
Whitney Communications’ significant interests, at one time or another,