PASSINGS / Herbert R. Bloch Jr.

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Herbert R. Bloch Jr., 92, a former senior executive with Federated Department stores who for several years was president of Bullock’s department stores in Los Angeles, died Jan. 2 at a hospice in Cincinnati after a brief illness.

Bloch spent 39 years with Federated, which is now Macy’s Inc., serving in several positions at Shillito’s department store in Cincinnati, including executive vice president, before moving west in 1973 to take the position at Bullock’s (which is now defunct). He retired as vice president of the Federated chain in 1977.

In addition to his business career, Bloch was on the boards of the Jewish Federation and United Way, both in Los Angeles and Cincinnati.

He also was on the board of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and was a trustee of the Vista Del Mar Center for social services in Los Angeles.

A native of Cincinnati, Bloch graduated from Yale University in 1939 and immediately began working for Federated.


During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Army Air Forces, returning to a position in store operations and finance at Shillito’s after his discharge.

Bloch stayed in Southern California after his retirement and moved to the Cincinnati area in July.

He is survived by his second wife, Jan; a son, Peter; a stepson; two stepdaughters; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.