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Blum, Retired Scarsdale Engineer, Dies at 87

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Donald J. Blum, a retired engineer from Scarsdale, died with his family at his side on Dec. 12. He was 87.

Born May 16, 1924 to Joseph K. Blum and Madelaine B. Blum, he was a lifelong Scarsdale resident, leaving only for service in World War II. Blum survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the closing days of the war and his story is chronicled in the book "Fatal Voyage" by Dan Kurzman. 

He graduated from Fox Meadow School, Scarsdale High School and Stevens Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. Blum worked as an engineer for 60 years and was married to Sandra F. Blum.

Blum, described by his family as "an excellent raconteur," was an avid golfer, skier and sailor. He held memberships to the Sunningdale Country Club, Orienta Yacht Club and the Old Guard. 

He is survived by his wife, his daughter Linda, his sons James and Thomas, his sister Elizabeth B. Landauer, his brother Roger B. Blum and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Human Development Services of Westchester, 930 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543 or Rails to Trails, 2121 Ward Ct. NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20037. Funeral arrangements by Ballard-Durance Funeral Home.


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