Reid Blackburn Journalist

Reid blackburn

Reid Turner Blackburn (August 11, 1952 – May 18, 1980) was a photographer killed in the 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens. Blackburn was a photojournalist covering the eruption for a local newspaper—the Vancouver, Washington Columbian—as well as National Geographic magazine and the United States Geological Survey when he was caught at Coldwater Camp in the blast. Blackburn's car, along with his body, were found four days after the eruption. His camera, buried under the debris of the eruption, was found roughly one week later. After his death, Reid was praised by his coworkers and friends alike. They spoke of his talent and enthusiasm, as well as his sometimes "acerbic" sense of humor. His wife, Fay, concluded that he had died doing what he loved. Blackburn was born in 1952, the son of an engineer who possessed "a fixation on figuring out the way things worked". He loved the idea of photography, once equating it to "painting with light". He was an accomplished photographer, and had received accolades from the Associated Press for his photographs. Blackburn also authored a book on outboard hydroplane racing. Blackburn attended Linfield College in Oregon.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 11th, 1952
United States of America
Date of death
May 18th, 1980 at age of 27
Place of death
Washington, United States of America




1. Linfield College Colleges/University

Linfield College is an American private institution of higher learning located in McMinnville, Oregon, United States. As a four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences college with a campus in Portland, Oregon, it also has an adult degree program located online and in eight communities throughout the state. Linfield Wildcats athletics participates in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. There are a combined 2,266 students at Linfield, which employs more than 153 full-time professors at the 195-acre (790,000 m) campus.

Type Liberal arts college
2011. 84.3 mil. $
2010. 67.1 mil. $
Institution colors
900 SE Baker Street, 97128 - McMinnville, Oregon
2010. 1,729
2009. 1,677
Acceptance rate
2010. 76.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 30.3 K $
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People attended Linfield College connected by profession and/or age

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