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BLOCH, Marvin Wayne Mr. M. Wayne Bloch died on April 7, 2014 at Abbey Hospice with his daughter Beth at his side. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his son James Bloch of Arlington, VA and his daughter Beth Pennington of Loganville, GA. He is also survived by his grandchildren Kenny Pennington, Catherine Baker and Matthew Bloch and great grandchildren Jacob and Shelby. Mr Bloch was born in Reading, PA in 1924. In June of 1942, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was assigned to the Marine Air Corps, 1st Marine Air Wing, where special squadrons were formed utilizing the B-25/PBJ medium bomber. After a period of training, his squadron VMB-611 fought many combat missions in the South Pacific and Phillipine Islands campaigns. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with gold stars for his meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty in combat. On March 9th 1946 he married Edna P. Smith of Suffolk, VA who remained his loving wife for 68 years. Soon after his discharge from the Marine Corps he attended William and Mary where he studied aeronautical engineering. Later after transferring to Lehigh University he earned a BS in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. For the next 15 years Mr. Bloch worked as an electronic engineer in the private sector for the defense and aerospace industry. Soon after, he joined the Department of Defense where he worked on classified military communications systems. In 1970, when the EPA was formed Mr. Bloch was called to help organize the Dept. of Research and Development. Until his retirement in 1990 he worked on EPA's clean air, water and hazmat regulations. Mr. Bloch spent his retirement with his wife and daughter in Loganville, Ga. Services for Mr. Bloch and his wife will be held sometime this summer.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 14, 2014
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