1940 – 2013
Anne Singleton Blocker died May 12, 2013 after a long battle with health complications following Hurricane Ike (September 2008).
Anne Singleton Blocker, born May 4, 1940 in Galveston, Texas, was the daughter of two University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)’s renowned physicians, Truman Graves Blocker Jr., M.D. (1909-1974, pioneer in reconstructive surgeon and first President of UTMB) and Virginia Irvine Blocker, M.D. (1913-2005, internist specializing in the treatment of diabetes and author of the First Aid Manual for the American Red Cross).
Anne attended Central High School in London and Ball High School in Galveston graduating in 1957. At the University of Texas, Austin, she received a B.A. in Zoology and Psychology in the Plan II /Pre-Med program in 1963 followed by an M.A. in Experimental Psychology. She was a Ph.D. Candidate in Audiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis.
Decades of her journals detail discoveries, insights and creative problem-solving as an educator, neuropsychologist and Consultant to the White House. A poet, artist and futurist, her award-winning innovations were funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Cancer Institute, The U. S. Department of Justice, The Moody Foundation, The Galveston Historical Foundation and many others.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she was responsible for the implementation of public laws to find and develop programs for 17,000 new underserved special education students in the State of Texas. She was a fellow of the Urban Design Institute in New York and creative director for international conferences on Injury Prevention, Urban Planning and Women in Texas History. She was author of the first electronic bestseller on the Internet for The Source and was the ghostwriter of a seminal bestseller on alternative medicine.
As Director and Founder of the National Learning Laboratory, she brought a new learning paradigm to education through three technology patents. Her variety of professional experiences enabled her to apply an unorthodox research process, based on overload, chaos and serendipity to solutions of complex problems.
Anne Blocker lectured at Harvard University, many Texas universities, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and was a keynote speaker at the International Design Conference in Aspen. She taught more that 6,000 public and private students throughout the United States. Anne was widely known for her work with many national and Texas foundations, chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations.
“Anne affected the lives of so many. Her warm smile, positive attitude and engaging personality sometimes had life-changing effects on the many she touched. You could not help wanting to know her more and share yourself with her because she would gift unselfishly to most anyone... her engaging spirit; her vision; encouraging you of the possibilities for your own life. Anne’s curiosity and strategic solutions in her work frequently bordered on genius in the absurd simplicity and elegant design of her ideas. Her words held truth and insight. Her art and poetry not only told us about her but echoed with love our own innermost feelings in our own experiences. And in her doing so, spoke to our hearts. There is no doubt to those that knew her, laughed with her, cried with her... that she mattered and that her life here was worthwhile. Drive down the seawall and look out towards the rising full moon and the twinkle of ships and stars - she’s there, you know. A little girl born on an island in the Gulf of Mexico came into this world and she left it...finding quiet peace…back home...at last.” (gb)
Anne Blocker is survived by her brothers, Truman Graves Blocker III, Ph.D. and Filmmaker, Gordon Stanley Blocker, both living in North Dallas. She survived her husband, Dennis Franklin Blosser of Mesa, Arizona and brother Sterling Howard Blocker, M.D. (1948-2011) of Springfield, Missouri. She is survived by 14 nephews and nieces and 25 great nephews and nieces.
Details about a memorial service in Galveston, tentatively planned for mid to late June, will be posted in the Galveston News.
Any messages for the family can be addressed to the Blocker Family, 5551 Alicante Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75248.