Dr. Blair was a talented doctor, compassionate healer, and visionary thinker. An undergraduate of Amherst and Alcorn State, he graduated from Meharry Medical College and completed his internship, residency and first medical staffing in the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank of Major as Chief of Professional Services, 546th General Dispensary, while stationed in West Germany. 

After coming to Asheville in 1990, Dr. Blair was a staff physician at the Buncombe County Medical Center and Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care. For a number of years, he served on the North Carolina Minority Health Advisory Council. The founder and medical director of the New Hope Community Health Center, Dr. Blair also served as medical director of the Three Streams Family Health Center. A pioneer working to achieve quality healthcare for all, his community service includes founding the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement as well as cofounding Building Bridges, Rites of Passage of Asheville, and The Drum 2000. Dr. Blair was a long-time member of the BCMS.

Dr. Charles Edward Blair, 54, passed away on April 3, 2009 of incurable lung cancer.

On December 4, 2008, the WCMS Foundation Board of Directors voted to establish a grant in Dr. Blair's name to honor and remember him for his years of service. Following Dr. Blair's specific request prior to his death as to how this grant would be used, the Dr. Charles Blair Health Scholar Fund provides scholarships for minority youth pursuing health careers. The Western Carolina Medical Society works in partnership with MAHEC, Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement, the Blair Family and others to raise funds and provide scholarships to graduates of the Medical Minority Mentoring Program.

If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can donate online or send a check to WCMS, 304 Summit St., Asheville, NC 28803. Please put "Dr. Blair Fund" in the memo line. 

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WCMS is honored to be a part of this lasting remembrance of Dr. Blair's leadership in striving for health parity in Buncombe County.