|The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 5/24/2008
W. Blue, Jr., (age 84) died peacefully on May 21, 2008 in Houston, Texas. He is
survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth; son Neill Blue and his wife Margaret
of Oakton, Virginia.; son Stuart Blue and his wife Lynn of Topsail Beach, North
Carolina.; daughter Laura Hirtz and her husband Ken of Richmond, Virginia.; and daughter
Carla Brownstein, her husband Bobby, and their sons Daniel and Jackson of Houston, Texas.
He was born on March 22, 1924, the only son of Edna P. and Victor Blue in Rocky
Mount, North Carolina. Most of his youth was spent in Washington, D.C. where he was
a member of the Western Presbyterian Church and a graduate of Western High School.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a hospital corpsman and V-7 Cadet, and
continued his military service as an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve until 1980.
He attended both the University of North Carolina and Emory University, where he
received a masters degree in Education and, in 1949, began a long career in public
education in Arlington, Virginia. As a teacher, athletic coach, and administrator,
he received many honors and in 1993 was inducted into. the Virginia High School Hall of
Fame. Many of his closest friendships and most memorable experiences came from the
years he spent as a wrestling coach and principal at Wakefield High School. In 1982,
he retired to the Gloucester Virginia area and later moved to Houston Texas. He was
blessed with a healthy, happy retirement for more than twenty years, and enjoyed fishing
in the Piankatank river, traveling to Mexico, golfing, and cooking for family and friends.
In memory of his life, a memorial service was held in the Dunn Chapel at Memorial
Hermann Hospital on May 24, 2008. Those wishing to honor his memory are invited to
make a contribution to the Wakefield High School Scholarship Fund or to a charity of