HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Marshall University professor passed away over spring break due to a neck injury after a bicycle accident.
Dr. Harold Blanco fell off his bike while riding with his nephew at Barboursville Park March 18. Blanco suffered a severe neck fracture that left him paralyzed and suffered two episodes of cardiac arrest, necessitating the implantation of a pacemaker.
Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert issued the following statement Sunday evening:
“This is a loss for all of us at Marshall,” Gilbert said. “Harold was an important part of our university family. Even though I did not have the pleasure of knowing Harold, I learned a great deal about him from his family and friends this week and know how special he was to so many people. My sincere sympathies go out to all who knew and loved him.”
Blanco was a professor for the educational foundations and technology program in the College of Education and Professional Development.
Blanco, a Marshall graduate, also taught classes at St. Joseph Catholic School in Huntington…