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June 17, 1947 – Aug. 31, 2014

Retired Sgt. Barbara K. Blair, the first woman to serve as a uniformed road patrol deputy in the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, died Sunday in her home in Depew. She was 67.

Born in Buffalo, the daughter of Erie County District Attorney George R. Blair Sr., she was a 1965 graduate of Iroquois Central High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 from Elmira College, spending her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Ms. Blair joined the sheriff’s department in 1972 and, after serving as road patrol deputy, she became the department’s first uniformed woman patrol sergeant. Later, she was watch commander for southern Erie County. She retired in 1999.

She was active in animal rescue efforts, especially involving cats.

Survivors include two sisters, Deborah L. and Diana C.; and a brother, George R. Jr.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Elma United Methodist Church, 8991 Bowen Road, Elma.