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STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Invoice Blasingame, Sr., a legendary entomologist and coach who has been concerned within the structural pest management trade for 70 years, turns 96 on Friday.

After serving within the Navy throughout World Struggle II, Blasingame first turned concerned within the trade in 1950 after graduating from the College of Georgia with a bachelor’s diploma in entomology. All through the final 70 years, he has served as a regulatory official, an trade coach and a guide.

After graduating school, Blasingame instantly started working as assistant state entomologist with the College of Georgia Division of Entomology, the place he later served because the state entomologist from 1955 to 1964. In 1964, Blasingame resigned from the place to hitch Getz Companies, one of many South’s oldest pest management firms. At Getz, Blasingame labored as vp for 10 years till he turned director of Stephenson Companies, a division of Stephenson Chemical Firm, in 1974 (now part of Veseris).

Along with his noteworthy positions within the trade, Blasingame marked historical past as the primary chairman of the Georgia Structural Pest Management Fee, which he served on till 1964, on which he helped to go the Georgia Structural Pest Management Act in 1955. In his extra function as director of the entomology division of the Georgia Division of Agriculture, Blasingame was answerable for the enforcement of this regulation. Along with his birthday and 70th 12 months within the trade, this 12 months Blasingame celebrates 65 years for the reason that first fee assembly and for the reason that passing of the Georgia Structural Pest Management Act.

The Georgia Structural Pest Management Fee isn’t the one group Blasingame served on. The trade legend has additionally served as president of the Nationwide Pest Administration Affiliation (NPMA) and the Georgia Pest Management Affiliation (GPCA). He additionally served as president or chairmen of the Georgia Entomological Society, Georgia Council of Entomology, Georgia Plant Pathology Affiliation, Southern Plant Board and Pi Chi Omega. He was additionally one of many organizers of the Affiliation of Structural Pest Management Regulatory Officers, on which he served one time period as chairman.

Blasingame now serves as technical advisor for Blasingame Pest Administration, owned by his son Billy Blasingame, Jr., has educated tens of hundreds of pest administration professionals all through his 70 years within the trade.

To ship Blasingame a birthday card or to congratulate him on 70 years within the trade, use the tackle 195 Evergreen Terrace, House 113, Stockbridge, GA 30281. It’s also possible to share birthday needs by emailing PCT.