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“After 17 years as an International Grid Associate, I have retired from conducting Grid Seminars, and now teach in a Catholic University in Mexico...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Carlos Diaz - Mexico City, TX

“Even though I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Blake while I was at The University of Texas, I was strongly influenced by his work in the...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Dr. Gary V. Sluyter - Columbia, MO

“Thanks for allowing me to tag along during those wonderful and exciting early years. They were the best. Freddie ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Freddie Groveton McCann - Mexia,, TX

“El mundo necesita personas como usted. Gracias por su trabajo. Un abrazo y hasta pronto. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Jose Luis Pardo - Valencia

“I learned much working with Dr. Blake, and his work continues to be a strong influence in my life. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Doug McQueen - Columbus, OH

“I first met Bob Blake around 1979, shortly before I attended The Managerial Grid Seminar as a twenty five-year old. Both Bob and Grid had a profound...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: James Conboy-Fischer - Dublin

“With Jane Mouton, they both shaped my professionnal life in the 70's; I'm forever grateful and admirative. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: dr. claude talmant - vancouver, TX

“Great scholar and innovative practitioner, rest in peace ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: mambo mupepi - ann arbor, MI

“He was a great uncle and we had many good times together ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: David T. Blake - Wilmington, DE

“I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Blake when I decided to become a Grid Associate back in 1988. I had taken the Managerial Grid in 1976, and was very...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Carlos Diaz - Mexico City, TX

“He was a great uncle and we had many god times together ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: David T. Blake - Wilmington, DE

“To Dr Blake, I haven't met you but you certainly have touched my life. The Managerial Grid course I attended in Melaka, Malaysia, in 1988 has stood...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Sze Tin Lim - Sydney

“I was enthusiastic and full of personal learning, when I experienced back in 1973 my first GRID Seminar. Only a few months later that I had to manage...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Rudy Attems - Vienna, TX

“Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Blake at Benedictine University where he shared with us the concepts and history of the Managerial...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Deloras Jones - Toledo, OH

“To Brooks & Cary all my love to you, may your hearts continue to give love, care & joy to people as they always have !!! Kenneth Charles Carter ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Kenneth Charles Carter - Hatboro, PA

“I and my colleagues at Ekser Consultancy, enjoyed applying the Grid programs in Turkey, and working with Dr Robert Blake. He completed the final...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Yener Tugay - Istanbul

“I visited with Dr. Blake when I drove him to the airport after a speaking engagement at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, in 2002. Yet, our...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Roberts - Burr Ridge, IL

“our thoughts are with you and your family. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Alan Hood - fort worth, TX

“Sorry we are unable to be with you tomorrow but you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Koula & Bill Blake ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Bill Blake - Albany, GA

“Cary, I'm sorry to read of your loss. I hope you are doing well and I think of you often. Your old professor, Emma Lou Linn ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: emma Linn - Austin, TX

21 of 21 | Posted by: Ernie Tullis - Austin, TX

Dr. Robert R. Blake died in Austin, Texas on Sunday, June 20, 2004. He is survived by his daughter Cary Mercer Blake and his son Brooks Mercer Blake, and grandsons Christopher Michael Blake and Daniel Michael Blake. Dr. Blake was born January 21, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts. His professional life was divided between his passion for research and his passion for practical business applications. He received his B. A. degree in psychology and philosophy from Berea College (1940), a small college in Kentucky that catered to poor students of the Appalachian region. Growing up a child in the depression, Dr. Blake always reflected on his time at Berea as truly memorable and inspiring. He then earned his M.A. degree in psychology from the University of Virginia (1941). He married Mercer Shipman Blain on September 4th, 1941. He served in the Army during WWII at Randolph Field in San Antonio until his discharge in 1945. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (1947), where he continued as a tenured professor until 1964. Dr. Blake lectured at Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge universities, and worked on special extended assignments at the Tavistock Clinic, London, as a Fulbright Scholar (1949). While working at Tavistock, he heard that National Training Laboratories was being established in Bethel, Maine for the purpose of studying group behavior. He quickly arranged to spend his next summer there, which turned into a 10 year summer commitment as a faculty member, and as a board member. He reflected on those experiences throughout his career as being some of his richest learning experiences, and a perfect complement to the psychoanalytic group therapy research done at Tavistock. The NTL years also occasioned his forming one of the most pivotal relationships of his professional career, with Dr. Herbert Shepard, an Exxon employee who also served on the faculty in Bethel. Blake and Shepard joined forces to conduct a 10-year study of the Exxon Corporation that served as the building block for Scientific Methods, and the first real practical application for his theory and methodology. Dr. Blake was a pioneer author and consultant who distinguished the “human side” of business leadership in the early 1950’s, when the human resource development movement was in its infancy. With Dr. Jane S. Mouton, Dr. Blake formed Scientific Methods, Inc. in Austin, Texas in 1961, and co-authored, “The Managerial Grid,” a leadership theory that Harvard Business School still includes in their publication, “Business Classics: 15 Key Concepts for Managerial Success.” Their breakthrough approach included an empirical theory of behavior with a learning methodology that truly effected fundamental change, promoting excellence in organizations through and with individuals. They developed a worldwide network of consultants, co-authored over 40 books and seminars, hundreds of articles, and consulted for governments, industries, and universities in 40 countries for almost four decades. Dr. Blake was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. As a professional honor, Dr. Blake was invited to give the Korzybski Memorial Address in both 1961 and 1982. Additionally, he was elected to the Human Resources Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1992 he was chosen as a Management Laureate author; he also received an Honorary LL.D. from Berea College. Dr. Blake’s writings were selected for inclusion in “Great Writers on Organizations” (Pugh, D.S. and Hickson, D.J.) and he was most recently acknowledged in “Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”(2003, 2nd ed.). Dr. Blake loved traveling with his family and spanned the globe numerous times, always exploring landmarks and cultures with enthusiasm. His passion for research never waned, even after retiring in 1997. Every conversation was an opportunity to study behavior, every book, political event, or movie an opportunity for a new perspective for exploring Grid Theory. In 1995 he detailed crucial experiences at Bethel in an article in Training and Development Journal entitled, “Memories of HRD.” He wrote that the future would look back on the field of HRD, “as crossing a great frontier, with the goal of bringing behavioral science applications into everyday use to better human activity in all their shapes and forms”. Dr. Blake left an indelible mark by constantly exploring how human effectiveness emerges and how it might be enhanced. A Remembrance Gathering will be held at Green Pastures Restaurant on Sunday, July 11th from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M., located at 811 West Live Oak, Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to: Berea College, CPO Box 2216, Berea, Kentucky 40404 Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 452-8811. You may view memorials online at