Michael T. Blair, a former partner in Yorkleigh Contractors and a self-employed housing inspector, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his Hunt Valley home. He was 82.
Born and raised in the Colgate section of Baltimore, Mr. Blair was a 1939 graduate of Towson Catholic High School.
In 1941, he went to work for a construction company in Trinidad that was building a large military airfield. He subsequently worked with the Army Corps of Engineers in French Guiana, before returning to Baltimore and enlisting in the Navy in 1944. He was a radioman assigned to the 7th Fleet and working at the naval base in Manila, Philippines, when the message came through of the atomic bomb attack on Japan.
Mr. Blair worked for his father's construction company, Blair & Sons, from 1947 to 1961, when he left to co-found Yorkleigh Contractors, a general contracting firm, with a brother.
After the brothers liquidated the business, Mr. Blair worked under contract as an inspector for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He retired last year.
Mr. Blair was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.
Mr. Blair is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Dolores Malooly; two sons, Michael T. Blair Jr. of Atlanta and John M. Blair of Woodbridge, Va.; three daughters, Jane Aughenbaugh of Glyndon, Lucy Lochner of Timonium and Bonnie Hearn of Towson; two brothers, Elmer Blair of Lutherville and Raymond Blair of Cockeysville; two sisters, Rose Cornell of Towson and Ann Darby of Newberg, Ore.; and 12 grandchildren.