Co-founder of H&R Block, Henry Bloch, dies

Kara Marxer
April 23, 2019 - 1:25 pm
A portrait of Henry Bloch

H and R Block


The co-founder of one the largest tax preparers in the country has died.  

H&R Block announced Tuesday that Henry W. Bloch passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. He was 96.

Bloch and his brother co-founded the company in 1955. 

He served as president of H&R Block from 1962 until 1988, adding the title of chief executive officer in 1974. In 1989, he became chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer.

Bloch retired as the company’s chief executive officer in 1992 and as chairman of the board of directors in 2000.

But he continued his service to Kansas City through the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, as well as other various philanthropic endeavors.

“Through his honesty and integrity, Henry embodied the best of American business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. In so many ways, he was ahead of his time and a model for today’s entrepreneur,” said Jeff Jones, president and chief executive officer of H&R Block. 

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