- Julia S. Falk
Bloch, Bernard (18 June 1907–26 November 1965), linguist, was born in New York City, the son of Albert Bloch, a painter and professor of art, and Hortense Altheimer Bloch. Bernard Bloch spent ten years of his childhood in Munich, Germany, where his father associated with Der Blaue Reiter group that included Paul Klee (1879–1940) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944). In 1923 Bernard's father returned to the United States and took the family to Lawrence, Kansas, where he continued his career at the University of Kansas. There Bernard completed high school and went on to major in English at the university, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1928 and a master of arts in comparative literature in 1929. His course of study focused on literature but also included Latin, Greek, German, Gothic, Old and Middle English, and the history of the English language....