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Elmer Blackwell
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“Thank you for sharing such great knowledge with me. I was listening and I reap the additional responsibilities and rewards. Thank you for your...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Sherri Robins - St. Louis, MO

“Thinking of my friend today.... Elmer, your spirit knows how much you are missed. I will never forget the times we shared dear friend. See you...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Sherri Robins - Florissant, MO

“On this day, I meditate on a very dear and missed friend. It was my hope that one day Elmer's vision to build the Elmer Blackwell School of Business...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Sherri Robins - St. Louis, MO

“I met Elmer while freshman at Central. We quickly became friends and played soccer on the soccer team. Elmer and I always had fun and played with...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Tony Collier - St. Louis, MO

“Uncle Elmer, I am sorry I didn't make home that day...I was soooo upset that I cldn't get on a plane that day and by the time I made it, you were...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: April Blackwell - Tallahassee, FL

“ELMER AND I WERE CLOSE FRIENDS AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY..........WE DIDN'T KEEP IN TOUCH AFTER COLLEGE BUT I WAS GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE AND I GOOGLE HIS...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: SHERRY - AKRON, OH - FRIEND

“I thought of you today Uncle. I want you to know, that I think you have motivated alot of us in the family to be all that we can be, reach for our...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Crystal Blackwell - OH - Niece

“Dearest friend Elmer, Today, I am thinking of you, as I share with my students the importance of staying focused and the pursuit of excellence. You...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Sherri Robins - Friend

“Hello Blackwell family, I would like to send my condolences to you and your family for your loss of a GREAT MAN! Elmer and I were roomates for a...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Sandy May - Detroit, MI

“Elmer was a great guy. Big loss to us all. My condolences. ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Gustav Gennow - stockholm, MO

“Uncle Elmer I miss and thank you for your non judgemental and humble ways. You were a someone who exemplifies what a real man should resemble. I miss...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Sheena Blackwell

“My heart goes out to the entire Blackwell family, and to Helen Blackwell, my colleague and friend. I did not know Elmer, but just one glimpse at his...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Tiffany Meyers

“Uncle Elmer was a man who displayed strength inside and out. He will be missed a great deal from anyone who knew him. I loved Uncle Elmer and he will...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: NYREE FOSTER

“I will miss my uncle Elmer and all the wisdom he has taught me as I was going up has a child. I love him and I will miss him very much. He was a rock...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: sherefee (blackwell) johnson - MO

“I will treasure the memories I had with my little brother, but he was always like a big brother. He was always there for you no matter what. REST IN...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Renee Barber - St. Louis, MO

“I had the opportunity to meet Elmer while at 3M back in 1999 and his spirit, intellect, and determination to excel were inspiring. My prayers are for...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Tamera - Minneapolis, MN

“May God Bless you the Blackwell family and comfort you in this season. My friend from Central High School and Lincoln University Elmer and that...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Liz Hoyle Dorsey - St.Louis, MO

“Bro. Elmer, I had just talked with you not to long ago and now you are gone. I thank you for your wisdom and friendship. Omega has lost a great...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Mylai Tenner - Eden Prairie, MN

“Blackwell family may God give you strength and comfort during your time of sorrow, I will keep you all in my prayers. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Floyd Woods - Hazelwood, MO

“To The Blackwell Family: Our condolences go out to your family. No one could ever prepare you for the loss of a child, but know God is with Elmer...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Bill and Tracie Eiland - MO

“Elmer will always be remembered as the coolest intellectual classmate at Lincoln University I had the pleasure meeting. You will be missed my...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Reggie McCree - Los Angeles, CA

“My Condolences to the Family and Friends. We lost a very good man and fellow Linconinte. Rest in Peace Elmer my Brother. ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Richard L Kimsey jr and Family - GA

“MAY GOD BLESS YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Cynthia Johnson - MEMPHIS, TN

“May God continue to strengthen you in this difficult time. Mere words cannot ease your pain, but know that my prayers are with you. Rest in peace my...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Mark Norman - Houston, TX

“To the Blackwell Family; May you feel God's comforting presence during this time of sorrow. Deepest Sympathy Vista Kirkland Lincoln University ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Vista Kirkland - Detroit, MI


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Elmer Blackwell, son of Willie E. Blackwell & the late Flora Lee Blackwell, was born on August 8, 1963 in St. Louis, MO and departed his life on Friday, September 18, 2009 at his new home in Atlanta surrounded by family and friends. A Christian, at an early age, he was baptized at Prince of Peace Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO where he was a member. He was a loving and devoted son, brother, uncle, employee, and friend, and was loved by all who knew him. His special gift of patience, no-judgmental, humblest, and caring personality touched everyone he came in contact with during his life. In 1981, Elmer graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, MO. He graduated with honors and was Valedictorian of his class. Elmer attended West Point Academy and later received his BS in Chemistry with honors of Cum Laude in 1985 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. In the summer of 1985, Elmer decided to take an internship with 3M Corporation as a junior chemist with the Consumer Stationary Division some of his responsibilities were commericalation of new products to idea generation and concept development. Elmer was captivated with all his work experience with 3M and returned home and decided medical school wasn't for him. In the fall of 1986, Elmer decided to join forces with 3M and knew if he wanted to be a powerful force at 3M he had to attain his MBA. In 1991 Elmer received his MBA at the University of St. Thomas located in Minneapolis, MN. Elmer was promoted to Senior Product Development Chemist of Consumer Stationary Division and during this time is where the birth of the Scotch® Pop-up Strip dispensers started. Elmer served as the "left side brain-the part that scientist say helps with reasoning and the developmental of logical answers-to invent the tiny Pop-up tape pads." ____3M Today June 1997 Now, in the next 11 years Elmer's career was exploding with 3M he had several promotions to Product Development Specialist to Marketing Supervisor to Sales supervisor to Regional Sales Manager to Business Developmental Manager to Six Sigma Master Black Commercial Care Division and one of his powerful highlighted positions with 3M-Managing Director 3M Sweden overseeing more than 300 employees and responsible for business that sells more than 8, 000 3M products. Elmer holds 7 patents for his work at 3M and additional awards: 1997 Sales and Marketing Professionalism Award-US-Scotch TM Pop-u[Tape Strips; 1998 Global Sales and Marketing Professional Award Scotch Tm Pop-u[ Tape Strips; 1992 Consumer Stationary achievement Award, 1998 Proce3ss Technology Award; 2003 Accelerated Leadership Development Award; and 2003-2004 Executive Mentorship Program Award. President of The Omega Psi Phi Chapter Minneapolis, MN for several years and won Omega Man of the year. Elmer battled three tough years with Multiple Myeloma (IGA). This is an extremely rare form of cancer; however, Elmer fought to the end. We the family thank God for allowing Elmer, to touch our lives and to have shared the wonderful memories of his life with us. He was not only a true inspiration to his family and friends, but to his entire community. We knew Elmer was something great when at 14 he convinced his little sister, Helen and little brother, Reginald to assist him in his lab award winning experiment with white mice.-yeek! He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving father, Willie E. Blackwell; three sisters, Stephanie Grady, Renee Barbara, and Helen L. Blackwell; five brothers, elder Willie Blackwell, William Blackwell, Floyd Blackwell, Elijah Blackwell, and Reginald Blackwell; plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. To send a Life Tribute or Condolences to the Blackwell family, please click the "Sign Guestbook" link below.

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