Calixto Manriquez, Former Student / 1987 JMC Graduate.  (Facebook comments)

My deepest condolences to Judith, Lisa, Vanessa, family, and all those that feel that deep loss. Like many have written, Ken was a huge influential positive force and helped develop the careers of many people whether they were in Journalism or became successful in other career fields because of the critical thinking skills he taught or just chatting about life in general.

I graduated in 198,7 and I don't think I would have been as successful in my career if it hadn't been for Ken and Darla Belshe at SJSU. I will deeply miss him but I can still remember many of my conversations with him to this date and his memory will always be with me.


Joe Feeney, Former student / JMC graduate.  (Facebook comments)

it weren't for Mr. Blasť and the faculty at the San Jose State School of Mass Communications expecting the best of me everyday, I would not be where I am today. A great loss and my condolences to his family.

Thanks to Dr. Blasť, Bob Rucker, and Margo Troolines.

Andrew Sanfillippo Watson, Former Student/Graduate. 
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I had Ken Blasť as an instructor. He was such a decent man, and you are right he was gentle and dedicated, but mostly he cared.

He was a real highlight for me in my broadcast journalism experience at SJSU. I'll always remember him with the highest level of respect and esteem for his contribution to my life and to many others along the way! 

Rest in Peace
Ken Blasť.


Janice Torres-Aranas, SJSU Class of 1987

I just learned of Dr. Blase's passing and am extremely saddened I did not maintain better contact with him after graduating from SJSU in 1982. 

Dr. Blase's dedication to his work influenced my career in journalism and his hearty laugh still echoes in my memories. He cared genuinely about the work of his students -- that they protect the integrity of journalism -- and for that I am eternally grateful.  Although my career in TV broadcasting was short by many standards, it would not have existed without his encouragement.  My condolences to his family and my gratitude for allowing them to share his life with me at SJSU.


Rick Ziesche,  SJSU, Class of 1981, School of Applied Arts & Sciences, Dept of Journalism, Radio & TV

I'm a former student of Ken Blase's.  Class of 1981, San Jose State University.  My good friend and fellow journalism student from the same class, Jane McMillan, called today to let me know that our advisor, teacher and mentor, Ken, has passed away. 

I can honestly say that Ken left this world a better place than he found it. Ken's legacy is not just those who have gone on to become credible journalists or  those who've become successful or well known news reporters using the tools that Ken taught them early on in their education and careers.  Ken's legacy is really a philosophy of how one should conduct themselves throughout their lives. 

If anybody asked me what Ken Blase taught me as a student, I would have to tell them that Ken taught me, among a lot of things, about humility.  Case in point:  Myself and a few of my fellow students had just returned from the InterCollegiate Press Association Awards the previous weekend at the University of the Pacific (UOP), in Stockton, CA.  It was Monday morning and I was in the Newsbreak 91 newsroom in the journalism building basking in the glory of our team having won many awards that weekend, both mail-in awards and the immediate, on-the-spot competition awards we participated in.  I happened to be the news editor that semester, but our team, comprised of myself, Jane McMillan, Rob Fisher and Susan Faller, put Pepperdine University in its place that weekend.  Suffice it to say that I was high on adrenaline knowing that our advisor, Ken Blase, would be very proud of us.  Then, Ken walked into the newsroom. It was just the two of us in the room.  He smiled, and said to me, "So, you guys did very well this weekend."  I answered, "Ya, we did OK."  Ken then said, "You won a lot of awards.  All of you really did well."  And, again, I said "Ya, thanks!" 

Then, Ken said, "You know when you've really made it in this business?"  I said, "When's that?"  And he said, "When you've won an Associated Press (AP) Award." And without hesitating, he then looked me in the eye and said, "I HAVE an AP  Award."  Ken grabbed his newspaper, smiled, turned,  and without saying another word, walked out the door and down the hall to his office.  It took the wind right out of my sails!  I realized after thinking about it later......... probably much later after licking my wounds.........that he was trying to teach me that humility can be a good thing, in that it keeps the ego in-check, and keeps you pushing for the next peak, so you don't plateau out, so to speak. If you rest on your laurels, you'll never reach your potential. I've tried to remember this and carry this on throughout my life, since then. And, actually, I'm still working on that. God bless you, Ken!  I'm a better person for knowing you!


Marshall Raines, Advertising Professor Emeritus

I joined the faculty of JMC at San Jose State University in January 1980 and Ken Blasť was one of the first to welcome me and make me feel at home. Over the next close to 20 years of my tenure Ken helped create an atmosphere of friendship and collegiality. In the early days, I always knew I could go up to his second floor office that he shared with Bill Tillinghast for advice, directions and lots of laughs.

At one point, Dennis Brown asked Ken to survey my class. Ken wrote a glowing report and mentioned that I had used the Socratic
approach. That was surprising news to me. Ken was very proud of his family and kept me advise of pizza sales in Truckee and tech sales in Silicon Valley.

As department chairman, Ken served as Master of Ceremonies at my retirement party-the Bash by the Beach. He was warm, charming and funny. He help make it an evening that I shall always remember. And, I will remember Ken Blasť with deep respect and affection.


Patricia Inghram, Dean's Office, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Major Event Planner - Retired.

I was very sad to learn of Ken's passing.  Ken was truly one of the good guys -- a true gentleman, scholar, and he was always kind.  I remember how welcoming he was when I first stated working at SJSU.  He was equally nice to students, faculty and staff.  He will be missed by all!