Blanca Irene Alejandro Brashear Ph.D.

Saturday 26th of August 1933 - Monday 10th of January 2022

Blanca Irene Alejandro Brashear Ph.D.

Services

Private Funeral Service

Jan 14, 2022 (Private )

Milward-Broadway

159 North Broadway, Lexington, KY

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Director Milward Funeral Directors

Blanca Irene Alejandro Brashear, Ph.D., 88 years old and wife of Colonel Eugene Brashear, USAF Retired, passed away peacefully at home on January 10th, 2022, in Lexington, Kentucky. Blanca was born in El Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico to the late Tomás Alejandro and María Adelina Marrero de Alejandro on August 26th, 1933. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky.


Blanca’s diverse multilingual education began as an alumnus of the Robinson School in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone; and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico–San Germán. A lifelong teacher, she began educating the dependents of United States Airmen at Ramey Air Force Base, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, followed by more than two decades of teaching Spanish, French and English at Hazard High School. At the age of 47 she returned to her academic pursuits, and completed her MA and PhD in Spanish at the University of Kentucky. Her doctoral dissertation, submitted in 1995, was entitled: “La metapoetica del olvido: Desmitificación y remitificación de la Nueva búsqueda en Vicente Huidobro y El ciudadano del olvido”. She was a colleague, tía, and supportive friend to her students, classmates and coworkers. Blanca’s devotion to teaching came from giving what came naturally: support, respect and dignity to all of her charges, including students at Hazard Community College, the University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, Asbury University, Transylvania University, and privately to students of all ages and backgrounds. Her last teaching was to her great-grandchildren and her caregivers.


In addition to her loving husband of 64 years, she is survived by her two children, Deanna Jean Brashear Katko (Nick) and Thomas George Brashear; four grandchildren, Alycia Yowell-Many (Derrick Many), Ritchie Alejandro Katko (Molly Buchenberger), Justin Nathaniel Katko (Lucy Beynon), and Daniel Alejandro Brashear (Rebecca Cardenas); two great-grandchildren, Zaida Lu Katko and Noah Leland Katko; her only sibling, Doris Alejandro Kim (spouse of the late Dr. Chyung M. Kim); and nieces and nephews Eva Gail Brashear Felix (Russell), Samuel Richard Brashear, Robert Leon Brashear (Susan), Brian Kim, Warren Kim (Sharon Bing), and Leslie Kim Doehring. She is also survived by a family of students that span more than 50 years.


All services at this time are private. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations encouraged to Calvary Baptist Church, 150 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507, and Church of the Advent, 104 West Elizabeth Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520.

Guest Book

Sharon Cornett

says

She was a wonderful teacher and a lovely lady. She and Mother taught together for years. I was truly blessed with my teachers at Hazard High! Blessed be.

6 months ago

Daniel Rentfro

says

Gene, I doubt you know how much the people of Advent Brownsville have missed Blanca and you since you left here, but that surely pales in comparison to your loss now. Blanca was one of those people that always made you feel better for seeing her. You are in our prayers daily. Anne sends her love.

6 months ago

Daniel R Reedy

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My heartfelt compassion is expressed to Blanca's family, especially to Eugene who always demonstrated loving consideration. It was my privilege and joy to be a part of Blanca's intellectual journey toward her goal of a Ph.D. Her research and the outcomes were worthy of high distinction. Blanca was my respected student, my colleague, and a person devoted to her profession, her colleagues, and her family. In life, we are occasionally blessed with the friendship of special people, Blanca is one of those persons who made my life richer by having known her. Dan Reedy.

6 months ago

Claire H. Cha

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My sincere condolences to Professor Tom and his family. Best Wishes.

6 months ago

Claire H. Cha

says

My sincere condolences to Professor Tom and his family. Best Wishes.

6 months ago

Juan Carlos Galeano.

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Dear Eugene and Brashear family. When my sister Constanza told me about Blanca's death, the memory of her life has been in my thoughts. I have thought of her with the sadness we feel at the death of a most beloved person. But also I have thought about Blanca with the happiness that comes from thinking about the entire life of someone who has been very important in our lives. Blanca was like a mother to me in her great generosity and she was also important as an intellectual and aesthetic interlocutor. I think that everything I have done in my life, I owe a lot to the help and wisdom I received from her. Today I celebrate her whole existence and the memories I have of her during my years in Kentucky and later. Blanca and all of you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.

6 months ago