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Richard A. Blum, Ph.D., of Orlando, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2014, at his residence. He was 70 years old. A native of New York City, he was born on July 28, 1943, to Albert and Eve Griboff Blum.

Dr. Blum was awarded a place in the prestigious High School of Performing Arts in New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Dr. Blum earned his master’s degree in broadcasting from Boston University and his doctorate in communication and drama from the University of Southern California. He was a noted author, writing several books on film and television production. He also wrote television scripts for “Ghost Story” and “Circle of Fear.” Upon his relocation to the Orlando area, he was named head of the Film Department at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Blum is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, the former Ilene Shatoff; his son, Jason, of Austin; and daughter Jennifer (Carlos) Milles of Maryland; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Stephen.

Graveside funeral services were held at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando.


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