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Blanton, John W.

(born: 1922  -  died: 2003) 

John W. Blanton, born in Louisville, KY, was the son of John O. and Carolyn Steward Blanton. A retired General Electric Aircraft Engines (GE Aviation) executive, he received GE's Gerald L. Phillippe Award for distinguished public service in 1981 and was inducted into the GE Aircraft Engine's Propulsion Hall of Fame in 1991.

Blanton was president of the Urban League Board of Greater Cincinnati and an original member and former president of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA).

Blanton, a 1943 mechanical engineering graduate of Purdue University, is buried in Cincinnati, OH.

For more see K. Andrew, "Obituary: John Blanton, 81, GE executive," Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/11/2003, Metro section, p.  5B; and "John W. Blanton" in vol. 1 of African American National Biography, edited by H. L. Gates, Jr. and E. B. Higginbotham.

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