H&R Block co-founder and philanthropist Henry W. Bloch dies

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April 24, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Henry Bloch was the co-founder of H&R Block and one of Kansas City's most notable philanthropists.JULIE DENESHA / KCUR

Henry W. Bloch died Tuesday at the age of 96. A notable philanthropist, Bloch and his brother, Richard, co-founded the tax preparation business H&R Block Inc. more than six decades ago.

Henry W. Bloch’s name is on a lot of things. A school of management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An addition to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A family foundation. 

But, what’s probably most associated with Henry Bloch: H&R Block. Henry was the “H” and his brother, Richard, the “R” in the name of the tax preparation company they co-founded in 1955. 

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