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.