Title: Library Science Educator
Location: Huntsville, Texas, United States
Bonnie Baker Thorne Blalock, Library Science Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
In 1947, Dr. Blalock graduated from Lon Morris Junior College with an Associate of Arts in business. She then got married and had a baby, all the while her husband was still working towards earning a degree. She promised him that she would work until he got his degrees, and then got a job as an accountant for a car dealership. She remained there for nine years before deciding to further her education again. She enrolled at Sam Houston State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in library science and English. In the following years, she earned a Master’s in library science and a subsequent PhD, both from Texas Woman’s University.
As Dr. Blalock was pursuing her education, she found a comfortable position working at the Sam Houston State University. Initially intending to relocate in her future, she found that she was happy at the University. In 1972, after serving as a librarian at the main library and library of science on campus, she began working as an assistant professor of library science. During this time, she cultivated a passion for education that she had always been aware of but was never able to explore. In the following years, Dr. Blalock excelled at the University, becoming the acting director of the School of Library Science and an associate professor, which led to her eventual promotion to full professor. In 1993, she retired after a long and successful employment with her alma mater. However, Dr. Blalock continued to educate young librarians at the university until 2002 as an adjunct professor.
Outside of her primary endeavors, Dr. Blalock additionally found success as an author. In 1998, she published her work, “Sam Houston: A Man of Sacred Honor,” which was the successor to several other successful publications. In light of her myriad accomplishments, Dr. Blalock has collected several awards and accolades. In 1959, she earned the Beatrice Craig Library Science Award, which was followed by a scholarship being established in her name at the Sam Houston State University several years later. As a further testament to her success, she is featured in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and the 19th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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