Henry W. Bloch
Tue, June 21, 2016
Co-founder and Honorary Chairman, H&R Block, Inc.
Henry W. Bloch is co-founder and honorary chairman of the board of H&R Block, Inc. The company grew from a single location in Kansas City in 1955 to eventually become the largest tax preparation service in the world with over 10,000 locations and nearly 100,000 associates. Over the years, H&R Block has prepared over 650 million tax returns.
He and his late wife, Marion, established the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation in 2011. Striving to build on their vision and values to improve the quality of life in their hometown, the Foundation supports efforts in the areas of post-secondary business and entrepreneurship education, healthcare, social services, education for low-income, underserved youth, visual and performing arts, and Jewish organizations. Mr. Bloch has served the community for many years in other capacities, including as a director of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Saint Luke's Foundation, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
As a first lieutenant and navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 8th Air Force, U. S. Army Air Corps, he flew 31 combat missions during WWII and was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. After the war, Mr. Bloch attended the University of Michigan, from which he graduated with a degree in mathematics. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Avila College, New Hampshire College, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri, William Jewell College, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Michigan, and Washington University.