Department saddened by passing of professor emeritus, Alfred K. Blackadar

Al Blackadar 93rd Birthday

Al Blackadar celebrating his 93rd Birthday, July 2013

The Department is greatly saddened by the loss of professor emeritus, Alfred K. Blackadar. He was a beloved faculty member, department head, and mentor to many in the scientific community. Dr. Blackadar passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at The Village at Penn State.  He was 94.

You can read his full obituary in The Centre Daily Times 

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at University Baptist and Brethren Church, 411 S. Burrowes Street, State College. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: The Alfred K. Blackadar Graduate Fellowship Fund, c/o The Office of Development, 116 Deike Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802. Checks should be made out to "Pennsylvania State University" and "Blackadar Fellowship" should be in the notation area of the check and/or a note can be included indicating that the donations is for the "Alfred K. Blackadar Fellowship."  

Arrangements by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home.  To share in Al's online remembrance, please visit


From Weather World's Wx Yz (Weather Whys):

 A tribute to the life of Alfred K. Blackadar [YouTube Video]


A Few Remembrances:

  • I was privileged to have had Dr. Blackadar as my undergraduate advisor and teacher, and even as a travel host during our overlapping years living in Germany in 1973-74. He was a gentle and wise soul, who touched the lives of so many of us across the years.
    Phillip F.
  • A truly great professor and he will me missed! Loved taking his micrometeorology course and showing us the value of using early personal computers in the classroom to program a simple soil model.
    Doug H.


If you have a remembrance to share with the Department of Meteorology about Al Blackadar, email it to Ginger Kowalchuk and she'll be glad to post it here.