Purpose: This endowment has been established to honor the memory of Robert D Blue Jr., who was a life-long educator and philanthropist, and will initially benefit vocational training at the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville.
Based on the belief that education and job training are essential tools in eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life for future generations, this endowment will help to realize the potential of Morgan County young adults by providing funds for student vocational training. This training may include soft skills such as appropriate business attire, business communication, and time management skills. Additionally, funding will supplement and enhance vocational training for jobs opportunities that pay a living wage. Such employment may include jobs in metal work, wood working, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, etc..
History: This endowment has been established to honor the memory of Robert D Blue Jr., who was a life-long educator and philanthropist, and will initially benefit vocational training at the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville.
Robert D Blue Jr. was born September 28, 1937 in Niagara Falls, NY to the late Robert Darwin and Mavel May (Tatlock) Blue. He died August 27, 2013 at IU Health Morgan Hospital in Martinsville, Indiana.
Blue served his country honorably in the US Army Corps from 1962 until 1968 with high security clearance. He worked as a Senior Systems Analyst at the University of Michigan, where he taught for 41 years. He was also a mathematics tutor, mathematician and a licensed Amateur Radio Operator. Blue was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award prior to receiving his master's degree from the University of Michigan.
Blue truly believed that education was the key to solving poverty in the community. He tutored many students in the Martinsville area for free after he retired, and served on the Morgan County Public Library Foundation Board. There is a bench and marker located in front of the Morgan County Public Library in Martinsville dedicated to Blue as a champion of the library. He quietly gave financially to individuals in need, the local hospital, the local library, among others.