Thomas (Tom) C. Blandy

July 1, 1932 ~ July 10, 2020 (age 88)


Troy - Thomas (Tom) Blandy, 88, died July 10, 2020.  

Born in Albany, he was the son of Dallam Eddy Blandy and Ruth Thomas Blandy.  He graduated from Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was a registered NYS architect.  In Boston he worked on the State Street Bank building, schools and houses.  He and his wife Susan Griswold Blandy moved to Troy in 1966 where they were part of civic groups like the RCCA, TAP, TRIP, TAUM, Community Gardens, the CHP and urban preservation.  With Marcia Hopple he organized a scientific study of The Nature Conservancy's Barberville Falls.  In 1968 he and Susan bought the Hinkle Farm in Poestenkill which became Common Farms whose lands are protected by the Rensselaer Land Trust.

At Cadman & Droste he designed the award winning HVCC Library, the first pre-stressed concrete building in the Capital District.  He also designed  Elm Ave. Park in Delmar, but came to specialize in adaptive re-use and energy conservation. His book All Through the House was cited by the  National Geographic and led to his firm, with Rex Clark, Princeton Energy Partners whose pioneering home energy audit techniques are common today.  With Dean Leith of Garden Way, he sued to stop the building of the Hoosick Street bridge as a super highway.  When downtown Troy was threatened with total demolition, he and RPI professor Ken Warriner advocated tirelessly for preserving the Victorian buildings, work that continues in Troy's present revitalization. For many years the family owned the Sarah Tracy house in Lansingburgh.

In mid-life he suffered from crippling depression, was treated appropriately, recovered, and flourished, exhibiting great zest for life in his last decades.  After his final cancer diagnosis, he immediately planned a party, inviting everyone he knew.  He loved art, dance and jazz and creating sculptures and cabinetry in his basement workshop.  He was intensely supportive of his wife, sons and grandchildren. He wrote countless Letters to the Editor, hated ignorance, greed, bigotry and injustice.  He is survived by his wife, his sons James (Jim) (Vivienne Tanaka) and Charles (Janet McKelvey), grandchildren Madoka, Mika, Madeleine and Nicholas, Blandy relatives, 3 loyal sisters-in-law and his wife's extended family which now includes 10 nationalities. 

Our thanks to Van Rensselaer Manor, Hospice at Samaritan Hospital and his friends Jackie Pazdur and Steve Davis for their good care. In memory of Tom please exhibit stubborn generosity, gratitude and love; plant a tree (ask at TAP), fight for community, justice and mercy; be creative and funny.  Tom would love that. 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. 


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