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Happy birthday, Bill Blasingame!

|  August 6, 2020
Bill Blasingame

Bill Blasingame

Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer Bill Blasingame Sr. (Class of 2011) turns 96 this week. Son Bill Jr. said his dad would welcome any cards and well wishes, so please email us for the mailing address.

The younger Blasingame, who is co-founder and owner of Locust Grove, Ga.-based Blasingame Pest Management, also shared a bio about his accomplished, industry-pioneering dad:

 

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bill graduated from The University of Georgia in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in entomology. Since graduation, he has been continuously associated with the pest control industry in three different capacities: a regulatory official, a member of the industry, and a consultant and teacher in the pest control industry.

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Blasingame on the cover of our November 1972 issue. IMAGE: PMP ARCHIVES

Immediately after graduation, Bill began working with the Georgia Department of Entomology as Assistant State Entomologist. He was appointed State Entomologist in 1955, and served in that capacity until 1964. when he resigned to join Getz Services. Bill worked with Getz as vice president and technical director until 1974. That year, he became director of Stephenson Services, a division of Stephenson Chemical Co.

The Georgia Structural Pest Control Act was passed in 1955, and Bill served as the first chairman of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission. He served on the Commission until he left state service in 1964. As director of the Entomology Division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, he was also responsible for the enforcement of this law. He was one of the organizers of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials, and served one term as chairman.

Bill has served as president or chairman of the following professional organizations:

  • National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
  • Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA)
  • Georgia Entomological Society
  • Georgia Council of Entomology
  • Georgia Plant Pathology Association
  • Southern Plant Board
  • Pi Chi Omega

In addition to the PMP Hall of Fame, Bill was elected into the GPCA Hall of Fame, and was also named as one of the 80 most influential people in the pest control industry of all time.
His iconic career has allowed him to meet many people in the industry from all over the world, and he has trained tens of thousands of pest management professionals.

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Blasingame and his wife, Sarah, circa 2011.

Sarah, Bill’s bride of 69 years, passed away in September 2016. When Bill was inducted into the PMP Hall of Fame, Sarah was quoted as saying “He absolutely deserves it, “I went to enough meetings with him I feel like I could be an entomologist. It was a great life.”

2020 marks several milestones in Bill’s career:

  • 96th birthday in August
  • 70 years in the pest control industry
  • 65 years since the Structural Pest Control Act was passed
  • 65 years since the first Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission Meeting

 

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Heather Gooch

About the Author:

Heather Gooch is the editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at hgooch@northcoastmedia.net or 330-321-9754.

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