Ralph Blomster

Ralph Norman Blomster

Monday, May 18th, 1931 - Monday, January 27th, 2020
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On January 27, 2020, Dr. Ralph N. Blomster of Ellicott City, beloved husband of Merilyn Blomster, cherished father of Kirsten Keller and her husband Thomas F., Erik Blomster and his wife Shelly and Leif Blomster and his wife Kerry, loving grandfather of Melissa Keller, Jennifer Keller, Tiffani Blomster, Erik Blomster, Jr. and his wife Brittiany, Mia Blomster and Kerrigan Blomster and great grandfather of Noelle, Jeremiah, Isabella, Camden, Jensen and Alice and dear brother of Melvin Blomster and his wife Marion and the late Paul Blomster and his wife Dottie.

Dr. Blomster was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War. He retired as a professor emeritus from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland.

Friends may call at Slack Funeral Home, P.A., 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043 on Wednesday January 29, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2001 Old Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228, on Friday January 31, 2020 at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Blomster’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at the above address.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Slack Funeral Home, P.A.
    3871 Old Columbia Pike
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Slack Funeral Home, P.A.
    3871 Old Columbia Pike
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Paul Lutheran Church of Catonsville
    2001 Old Frederick Rd.
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Mark Blomster

Posted at 08:07am
No need to worry about the wall, Uncle! Many memories of family gatherings.


Posted at 04:17pm
Karin de Jong
Dear Merilyn and family, I’m deeply saddened by Ralph’s passing and so very sorry for you and your family. I will never forget his knowledge, his humor and love for life. I will miss him. Sending my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family

Elaine Brogan

Posted at 01:01pm
Doc Blomster, he kept our attention in class and would always place on his test verbal statements in class that you could not find in your books. Had to go to class. Great teacher. I will miss you . Elaine Levesque 1978

Tom LaMartina

Posted at 10:39am
Who can for forget "weeds and seeds"? I wish his family well and can safely say that we all remember him as a good professor with a good sense of humor. Tom LaMartina '87 Brookneal, VA

Julie S. Johnson

Posted at 05:47pm
Dr. Blomster will always be a wonderful and important memory in my heart. He was my interviewer when I applied to the School of Pharmacy in 1989(?) and I remember that interview well. We talked of skiing and the love of nature. He believed that I would make a good future pharmacist and recommended that I be accepted as a student. At that time, I was 31 years old and venturing on a second career choice. I cannot help but think of him every time I see MD School of Pharmacy literature. He was that big to me! I have now owned my own independent pharmacy for 16 years. I feel that I did not let him down on his recommendation. He will be missed but not forgotten in my life. With Heartfelt Condolences, Julie S. Johnson, RPh

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