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Lawrence ("Larry") Bloch passed away in his home in Buffalo, New York at the age of 86. Larry lived in Stamford from 1971 until 2009.
He moved to Connecticut to serve as Social Studies Supervisor for all Norwalk schools (K-12) beginning in 1971. Over the next 20 years he served in the Norwalk school system in a number of positions, including principal of Tracey Elementary School for three years and Director of Adult Education for five years. He retired from the Norwalk school system in 1991, ending a 41-year career of service in public school education.
Prior to moving to Connecticut, Larry taught History and Social Studies for two years in New York City, and then for 20 years in Newark, New Jersey. For five of those he was Department Chairman in two Newark High Schools. In addition to the important roles he played in public schools of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Larry also served as the Principal of the Religious School of Temple Beth El in Stamford for over 20 years.
Larry was a member of Temple Beth El in Stamford for almost 40 years. After his retirement from secular and religious school education, he stayed active in many volunteer activities. In 2003 the Stamford Advocate selected Larry and his wife, Steffi, for the "Community Leader Award". He served on the Board of Directors for six years for Person to Person in Darien. Along with Steffi, he chaired the High Holiday Food Drive for all of the Stamford synagogues. He also served on the Board of Directors of F.I.S.H. and the Jewish Historical Society. After Larry and Steffi moved to Buffalo, New York in 2009, they became active in the local community and continued their long history of volunteerism.
Larry was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1927 and grew up in Union city New Jersey. At age 17 he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Medical Corps in Italy during 1945 and 1946. He enrolled in New York University upon his return and received his BA and MA degrees in 1949 and 1950. He met Steffi while he was traveling in Europe during the summer of 1952, and they were married the next year.
Larry is survived by Steffi, his wife of 60 years, and his daughters Lisa, of Amherst NY, Susan, of Encino, CA, and Andrea of Winchester, MA, six grandsons, a granddaughter and his sister, Edythe London, of Santa Monica, CA.
Burial will be in Buffalo, NY. A Memorial Service will be held at Temple Beth El, Stamford on Friday, April 26th at noon.
Published in The Hour on Mar. 22, 2013