Henry W. Bloch

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Henry W. Bloch
Henry Wollman Bloch

(1922-07-30) July 30, 1922 (age 96)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
EducationSouthwest High School
Alma mater • University of Michigan
 • University of Missouri–Kansas City
OccupationFounder and businessman
Spouse(s)Marion Helzberg
ChildrenRobert Bloch
Thomas Bloch
Mary Jo Bloch Brown
Elizabeth Bloch Uhlmann
RelativesRichard Bloch (brother) Leon Bloch (brother)

Henry Wollman Bloch (born July 30, 1922)[1] is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and (since 2000)[1] the chairman emeritus of the American tax-preparation company H&R Block. Henry and his brother, Richard Bloch, founded H&R Block in 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Early life and education[edit]

Bloch was born to a Jewish family[2] in Kansas City where he attended Southwest High School, and was an undergraduate at University of Missouri–Kansas City. He later attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating in 1944.[1] Through the U.S. Army Air Corps he received graduate training at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.


Bloch founded the H&R Block company with his brother Richard in 1955.[3]

Personal life and honors[edit]

In 1951, Bloch married Marion Helzberg; they had four children: Robert Bloch, Thomas Bloch, Mary Jo Bloch Brown, and Elizabeth Bloch Uhlmann[4] and lived in the Kansas City metropolitan area.[1]

The Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain[5] in front of Kansas City's Union Station is named in his honor, as is the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri–Kansas City[6] and the Bloch Building, a major addition to Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Bloch was inducted into the Junior Achievement's U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2001.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bloch biography". H&R Block. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "H&R Block". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 2014-03-10.
  3. ^ Taner, Beccy (April 26, 2010). "H&R Block and founders Had Roots in Kansas City". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Legacy: "Marion Helzberg Bloch" Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 26, 2013
  5. ^ "City of Fountains – Find a Fountain". City of Fountains Foundation. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "About Us – Fast Facts". Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri–Kansas City. Retrieved October 1, 2013.