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Record Observer - - News - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@ches­pub.com

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,

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