In Memory

Joseph "Joe" Blackstead**

Joseph Joe Blackstead**

Joseph Blackstead
1924 - 2000


We lost one of our Falcons on May 17, 2000, age 76.

Joseph Henry Blackstead or Dr. B as some like to call him, was born in Minot, North Dakota. During the Depression his family moved to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Fort Yates, ND where his father worked for the WPA. Joe attended Fort Yates High School where he excelled in sports, academics and leadership. It was at this school he decided to become a teacher and dedicate himself to providing quality education to which all children are entitled.

Joe entered the University of North Dakota on a football scholarship, but his education had to be postponed for a hitch in the Navy during World War II. After completing his BA at the University of Portland in Oregon, Joe started his first teaching job.

In 1952, he joined the overseas military school system in Nurnbert, Germany as a math teach and coach of football, basketball and baseball. Joe married Betty and had four children: Bobi, Libby, Joey and Trish. In 1990 after a very long illness, his wife Betty passed away.

Dr. Blackstead had a wonderful career spanning 42 years:

  • 1952-56 Teacher & Coach - Nurnberg HS, Germany

  • 1956-59 Teacher & Coach - Madrid HS, Spain

  • 1950-62 Principal - Johnson, HS Japan

  • 1962-64 Superintendent - Yokota-Johnson, Japan

  • 1964-73 Superintendent - Japan & Korea

  • 1973-79 Deputy Director - Pacific Region, Okinawa

  • 1979-82 Director -North Germany Region

  • 1982-94 Director - Germany & Director European Region

  • Nov 1994 - Retired

In November 1992, Joe married Dr. Barbara Dubnick, a guidance counselor and former DoDDs teach and school psychologist. Dr. B retired in November 1994 and returned to the States, where he and Barbara divided their time between Chandler AZ and Vancouver WA.

Dr. Blackstead will be remembered as a dedicated and innovative educator who devoted his professional career to improving the quality of education for American student in the U.S. and abroad. In his professional and personal life he was adminred for his warmth, sense of humor and dignity. Joe loved life and possessed the courage, compassion and humility which will remain a source of inspiration for those whose lives he touched.

The Johnson High Alumni will miss Dr. Blackstead very much.