Former OPA Manager Ben Blackstock has died

Ben Blackstock was a friend to many, a forceful personality, and an advocate for Oklahoma newspapers and their value during his 44 years as executive vice president and secretary of the Oklahoma Press Association.  Ben died Monday evening, April 25, in Oklahoma City at the age of 90.

During his 44 years at OPA, Ben was the recipient of numerous professional honors, including OPA’s Milt Phillips Award, the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award, OKC Ad Club Silver Medal, the FOI Oklahoma Marian Opala First Amendment Award and the National Newspaper Association Amos Award.

FOI Oklahoma annually honors Blackstock through the presentation of the Ben Blackstock Award for a person or organization that has shown a commitment to freedom of information.

In 1973, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He also was named a distinguished graduate of the University of Oklahoma journalism school.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Oklahoma Judicial Center, 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Donations may be made to the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or Free to Live animal rescue.