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JOHN A. BLOOM


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JOHN A. BLOOM Obituary
BLOOM, John A. Age 80, a former Worcester Academy headmaster, who rescued the school from financial collapse in the early 1970s, passed on November 2 of complications from diabetes and Parkinsons at his home at Lasell Village in Auburndale, MA. Upon graduating from Brown University in 1958, Bloom came directly to Worcester Academy, one of the oldest private schools in the country, to begin his career as a teacher and coach of wrestling and soccer. In his teaching career he became the Chairman of the History Department and founded the Urban Affairs Program leveraging the school's inner-city location as an asset. In 1974, the Board of Trustees tapped Bloom for an almost impossible task: To turn around the financially distressed 140-year-old school that was teetering on the verge of closure. Headmaster Bloom reestablished the academy's local reputation, dating from its founding in 1834, by opening the academy's doors to women and expanding international enrollment. He also initiated building programs that rejuvenated the campus in the heart of downtown Worcester into one of the region's top preparatory institutions. In partnership with the Trustees and core faculty members, many of whom are dear friends, Bloom "Achieved the Honorable" by reestablishing the institution and inspiring a strong family community. Bloom left the Academy in 1985 for a second career in property management for a decade at Church Park, a mixed-use development on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston's Back Bay. He returned to education administration briefly, serving as the Development Director at Austin Preparatory School in Reading before he retired in 1996. Bloom was born on April 12, 1936 in Lawrence, MA, the older son of Max Bloom and Muriel (Kingham) Bloom. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University, and Assumption College. He was quite active as a volunteer in civic, educational, and religious organizations in Worcester and Boston including the Worcester Human Rights Commission; the Boston YMCA; Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly; Pacific Rim Academy Charter School, Boston; Board of Trustees for Fontbonne Academy, Milton; Parish Council at St. Ann's University Parish, Boston; and Corporation of the Sponsored Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brighton. Avid world travelers and contented Red Sox fans, he and his wife Nancy (Espinola) just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 20th, 2016. Bloom is survived by his wife, Nancy, his brother Lance and his wife Gayann, as well as by his five children and 10 grandchildren; Nadine, Craig, Brian and Kevin Hill; Derek, Lena, Alexander, Jameson, Yana and Mark Bloom; Glenn, Amy, Emily and Sarah Bloom; Grant, Gabrielle Gurley and Julian Bloom; Leigh, Jim and Johnny Cowdrick. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10am at St. Cecilia's Church, 18 Belvidere Street in Boston. Calling hours will be prior to the service beginning at 8:30. Interment at Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover is private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to: Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or Lasell Village Benevolent Fund, Lasell Village, 120 Seminary Avenue, Auburndale, MA 02466

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Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 4, 2016
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