Lawrence G. Blasik Jr., M.D., F.A.A.D., passed away Thursday, July 5, after a long illness.
Dr. Blasik, a practicing dermatologist for over 30 years, was beloved by his family, colleagues and his patients.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Lauren Blasik; daughter, Laurel Leslie, and son-in-law, Tim Leslie; son, Matt Blasik, and daughter-in-law, Arian Blasik; son, Alex Blasik, and daughter-in-law, Cassie Blasik; and daughter, Katie Blasik. He also leaves grandchildren, Theren and Aiden Leslie, Matthew and Mia Blasik and newest addition, Theodore Blasik. Lawrence was pre-deceased by his son, Scott Blasik.
Educated at Valparaiso University and the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Blasik was an intern and resident at Hartford Hospital certified in internal medicine. Following his medical degree, Dr. Blasik served in the United States Air Force with posts as the bomber support physician at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Mich., and the staff internist and Chief Physician of Intensive Care at Pease AFB in Portsmouth, N.H. After honorable discharge from the Air Force, Dr. Blasik was accepted into the dermatology program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor of Dermatology.
Dr. Blasik settled on the seacoast of New Hampshire, and established a thriving private practice for 25 years. During that time he served as President of the New Hampshire Society of Dermatology and President of the New England Dermatological Society. He spent most of those years as a staff dermatology consult at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H., but also was a part-time clinical professor at Tufts, New England Medical Center, and helped establish the dermatology clinic at Lahey Clinic North in Peabody, Mass.
Lawrence left the seacoast to establish Summit Dermatology and Laser Center in Brunswick, Ga., from 2004-2013. His last move was to Florida where Dr. Blasik met his wife, and helped establish Blue Ocean Dermatology in Port Orange and Winter Park. He spent his final years continuing his passion for seeing patients and teaching medicine, assisting in five surgeries on his final day.
Dr. Blasik found time for coaching Little League, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee and his favorite recreation, SCUBA. He was a Dive Master, and avid underwater photographer.
Blaze was fiercely independent, a brilliant clinician, voracious reader, lover of history and genealogy and most importantly, passionate about medicine. He passed still doing what he loved and will be missed by his wife and family.
A small private ceremony will be held this summer to honor his memory at his favorite spot on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you donate in honor of Dr. Blasik to the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth or the charity of your choice.