In Memoriam: Ronell Lavar Blizzard, 1978-2015

blizzRonell L. Blizzard a long-time educator and former professional basketball player died in late June in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 37 years old and had suffered from a rare autoimmune disease.

Dr. Blizzard had served as an assistant professor of sports management at Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Lyndon State College in Vermont. He was also a consultant for Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Dr. Blizzard was a native of Waterbury, Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a star basketball player. After graduation he played professionally in Argentina.

Dr. Blizzard went on to earn a master’s degree at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain and a doctorate in higher education administration from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was planning to continue his education by going to law school in order to become a sports agent.


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