Richard (left) and Henry Bloch founded H&R Block in 1955. | Courtesy of H&R Block

Social media users memorialize Henry Bloch



Condolences, remembrances and tributes poured onto social media Tuesday following the news that Henry Bloch, the Kansas City entrepreneur and philanthropist who co-founded H&R Block, had died at 96.

Jeff Jones, who has followed in Bloch’s footsteps as chief executive of H&R Block, shared his gratitude for the late founder, joined by a chorus of other individuals and organizations from the Kansas City business community.

In front of Kansas City’s Union Station, a flame was lit in the middle of the Henry Wollman Bloch fountain to honor its namesake.

Bloch’s death struck a cord in the city’s entrepreneurial community.

Local elected officials paid tribute.

Among those to share remembrances were people affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where the business school bears the Bloch name.

The National World War I museum remembered Bloch’s contributions as a navigator during World War II, and other Kansas City institutions that benefitted from Bloch’s philanthropy honored his memory.

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