Economics Professor Howard Bloch Dies

Posted: February 2, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Howard Bloch, an economics professor at George Mason for 30 years, died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from a brain tumor at the age of 63. Bloch came to George Mason in 1969–the first year the economics degree was offered through what was then the Social Sciences Department. He served as the Economics Department’s director of undergraduate studies, and also was the advisor to the Economics Club.

“Howard Bloch was a dedicated teacher and a strong supporter of student extracurricular academic affairs,” says Walter Williams, chair of the Economics Department.

Bloch, who was born in Germany, received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He was an avid, longtime supporter of the Duke and George Mason basketball teams.

Carol Hlavinka, executive secretary for the Economics Department, remembers Bloch as a part of the department family. “He was a caring man who enjoyed life and family,” she says, adding, “Howard Bloch enjoyed teaching. He always found time for students who came to him for help and advice. He will be missed and we will treasure his memory always.”

The Economics Department is planning to hold a memorial service–however, a date has not yet been set. In lieu of flowers, the Bloch family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia; the American Brain Tumor Association at 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018; or T.H.E. Brain Trust, Inc., at P.O. Box 743, Cambridge, MA 20142.

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