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Remembering one of our own – Jane Blume, CMC

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC, Monday, September 23, 2013

Last Tuesday, we lost a passionate, long-time member of our consulting community. Jane Blume passed away on September 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just four days after being diagnosed with leukemia.

She was a two-time past president of the New Mexico IMC chapter and a member of our Board of Directors for over a decade. She recently served as a public relations consultant to IMC USA.Since 1989, Jane was the award-winning owner and principal of Desert Sky Communications, an Albuquerque, New Mexico based public relations firm that specialized in strategic advisement and planning and tactical implementation.

She received many honors for her work; the most recent honor was the first inductee in The Association for Women in Communications-New Mexico Chapter’s Hall of Fame earlier this year. She and her firm have received include Acquisition International magazine’s M & A Award: USA PR firm of the Year and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New Mexico Home-Based Business Champion.

Prior to forming her own firm, Jane served as interim general manager of public radio station KUNM, followed by a long tenure as a volunteer, public affairs director at KBOO, Portland, OR and a stint at Minnesota Public Radio. Her peers at KUNM offered fond remembrances at the KUNM website.

Jane is survived by her son, Arthur Blume, of Melrose, Mass., her daughter, Kathryn Blume, of Charlotte, Vt., two granddaughters, a sister and a brother; her beloved husband, Phil, predeceased her several years ago.

To learn more about Jane’s life and contributions, view her LinkedIn profile and visit the Albuquerque Journal notice of her passing.We will miss Jane’s enthusiasm, her talent and, especially, her presence at our past Confab conferences. So many of us first met her in Reno - she would watch for people who asked questions and commented in the sessions and recruit them to speak at future Confabs and help with its planning. May we remember Jane with great affection and admiration.

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Michael E. Cohen CMC MBA says...
Posted Monday, September 23, 2013
I was shocked to hear about her. We had a number of nice exchanges about articles I wrote for the Connector when she was the Editor. It was also my peasure to refer opportunities to her. She seemed very competent and accomplished in her field, and she also was a very nice lady. I will miss her.
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Jennifer Leake CMC says...
Posted Monday, September 23, 2013
Jane's gentle nudging the first time at Confab not only got me to be a member, but she started me on a training path. After agreeing to be a host (introducing speaker) at Confab one year - several years later I found myself Chair of the thing! You had to be careful near Jane ... she'd get you involved. Her passion for IMC and for people was contagious. So sad to hear of her passing ... she will be missed.
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Manola C. Robison CMC FIMC says...
Posted Monday, September 23, 2013
This is very sad news. Just a month ago she shared some valuable advice with me on how to promote a magazine interview of mine where IMC was mentioned. I will remember her as a dedicated collaborator and friend. She will be missed indeed.
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Loraine M. Kasprzak CMC says...
Posted Monday, September 23, 2013
I am so sad to read about Jane's passing! I took the IMC Connector newsletter over from her and she was such a pleasure to learn from. Over the years I came to admire her spirit and energy... didn't she sky dive at one point?!?
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Loraine A. Huchler CMC says...
Posted Monday, September 23, 2013
I want to let you know that we will have a moment of remembrance for Jane at the GROW! conference in Las Vegas, October 20 - 22, 2013.
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Roberta Guise says...
Posted Monday, September 23, 2013
I had been a member of IMC for only a few days when Jane collared me at my first Confab, urging that I get involved. We fast became friends in part because we spoke the same professional language, jointly presented Academy seminar and webinar series, and spent long hours on the phone catching up, telling each other stories, mostly laughing. Just a few weeks ago we worked together on a client project. Having Jane in your life was like dancing with a partner who glides along with you -- smoothly, yet solid, in rhythm. Can't get rid of the shock that her life was snuffed out so suddenly, that she's gone. Loraine K: in 2009 Jane rappelled down a 14-story, 210 foot building for Special Olympics. She trained hard, tweeted about it, and raised almost $2,500.
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Michael E. Egan Ph.D. CMC says...
Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I too, like many others, was surprised by the suddeness, and filled with warm thoughts of her collaborative and engaging style. Our community will dearly miss her many contributions.
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Lynn M. Hoopingarner CMC says...
Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2013
What sudden and sad news. Our community has lost a kind, generous, energetic, enthusiastic and professional member. I truly wish we had the opportunity to share our gratitude with her before her passing.
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Marsha D. Lewin CMC FIMC says...
Posted Saturday, September 28, 2013
Jane brightened so many lives (and minds) with her energy, wit, and commitment. The consulting community light is dimmer with her loss.
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