William Stuart F. Bloch, born April 23, 1933 in Wheeling, West Virginia, descended from tobacco founder Samuel S. Bloch. He attended The Linsly School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1956 before serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Bloch worked for the family's Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company, rising to executive roles like President and Vice President. He later served as Executive Vice President of Hazlett, Burt & Watson, Inc. A prominent golfer, Bloch was President of the United States Golf Association from 1992-1994 and led the West Virginia Golf Association. He received many honors including induction into the Wheeling Hall of Fame and WV Golf Association Hall of Fame. Bloch created the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall at WVU with his wife and was known for business leadership, golf achievements, and community impact in Wheeling.
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