Maurice C. Blanken

  • Born: July 29, 1917
  • Died: March 22, 2015
  • Location: Glassboro, New Jersey

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Williamstown, NJ 08094
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Maurice C. Blanken, 97, a longtime resident of Glassboro, died peacefully at home on March 22nd. A World War II veteran, Mr. Blanken served honorably in the Army from 1941 to 1944. Mr. Blanken was a professor at Rowan University, where he taught Political Science for over 25 years. During his tenure at that college, Mr. Blanken was politically active, particularly with the McCarthy and McGovern campaigns. He had numerous articles on political and economic issues published in South Jersey and Philadelphia newspapers. Professor Blanken also authored two books on the subject of Political Science. Mr. Blanken is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Helen J. Blanken, two daughters Jean Blanken Ramsay and Elizabeth B. Patterson and her husband James E. Patterson, and two grandsons, James B. Patterson and his wife Mary Beth Patterson and Kent S. Patterson and his wife Jacinta Marie Patterson. During his life, Mr. Blanken was blessed with wonderful friends and colleagues. A Memorial Service for Professor Blanken will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Glassboro, 300 University Blvd., Glassboro, NJ, on April 11th at 11:30 AM with a visitation from 10:00 – 11:30 AM. Condolences and memories may be shared online @


Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh my, I just realized I typed the wrong 'there'. Sometimes my fingers don't match what's in my head. Again, please accept my sympathies.

Posted by Lorraine    August 16, 2015

Hello. I just read of Mr. Blanken's passing in Rowan Today. Is this same Mr. Blanken who was the landlord at 424 Victoria Street? I lived their for 3 of my GSC years - 1983-86. I can still see him clear as day, occasionally chiding us for something or another! My condolences on your loss. Regards, Lorraine

Posted by Lorraine    August 16, 2015

I am sorry so for your loss. Please
accept my sincere condolences. I hope
you will find your strength and comfort in Jesus promises of the earthly
resurrection (Acts 24:15) and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be
no more and no family will have to mourn the death of a loved one ever again (Revelation
21:3,4; Luke 23:43). May GOD (Psalms 83:18)
grant you peace and comfort now during this grievous time-Matthew 5:4.

Posted by Pat F.    April 04, 2015

Maurice Blanken was my colleague and friend during the whole of my tenure at Glassboro State, later, Rowan University. Maurice's life exhibited the well rounded, not too specialized life style balance recommended by many who speak of what is a good way to live. Maurice was a scholar, a writer, a knowledge seeker, a carpenter, a physical activist as he was great walker, and engaged in business endeavors. As a professional political scientist, Maurice had a special acumen in knowing the qualities of politicians., and he made efforts to promote those who he felt would help strengthen this country. He was in the group of those rare professors who made teacher's colleges famous for their humanistic education

Posted by Ben Hitchner    April 03, 2015