William McCormick Blair, Jr.

William McCormick Blair, Jr.

William McCormick Blair, Jr. (born October 24 1916) served as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from 1961 to 1964 and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines from 1964 until 1967. A lawyer, he also was a close associate of Adlai Stevenson.

He is a son of William M. Blair, who co-founded the investment banking firm William Blair & Company [http://www.wmblair.com/pages/firm_history.asp] .

On 9 September 1961, in the chapel at Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod, Denmark, Ambassador Blair married Catherine "Deeda" Gerlach (born 1931), a daughter of Norman H. Gerlach and the former wife of Chicago oleomargarine heir Charles Clarke Jelke. She was named director and vice-president of the Lasker Foundation in 1965, and is a noted advocate for public health issues. The Blairs had one child, William McCormick Blair 3rd (1962-2004).


* [http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/history/chiefs/denmark.html United States Department of State: Ambassadors to Denmark]
* [http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/history/chiefs/philippines.htmlUnited States Department of State: Ambassadors to the Philippines]
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/blair.html PoliticalGraveyard] - William McCormick Blair
* [http://www.smokershistory.com/McCormic.htm SmokersHistory bio page on the Blairs]
* [http://www.smokershistory.com/WmBlair.htm SmokersHistory bio on Blair Sr.]

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