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Sir Robert Blair


    WE deeply regret to record the death, which occurred on June 10, of Sir Robert Blair, Education Officer of the London County Council from 1902 until 1924. Born at Wigtown in 1859, he became a pupil teacher at the Garlieston Public School and later went to the University of Edinburgh, where he took his degree in 1880. He joined Aske's Hatcham school in 1882 and, while teaching, secured the London B.Sc. degree. There followed appointments as head of the Cheltenham School of Science and Technical Institute, Inspector of Science and Art, and Assistant Secretary for Technical Education (in Ireland). In 1904 he was appointed to the London County Council. Among the honours which came to him, in addition to his knighthood, were the Order of the Crown from the King of the Belgians, the LL.D. from his old University, an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, and a fellowship of King's College, London. He was president of the Association of Directors and Secretaries for Education in 1914, and president of the Educational Science Section of the British Association in 1920.

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