Jack S. Blocker Sr., 92, a retired Army Brigadier General who had a second career as a management consultant, died of congestive heart failure September 17, 2006, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County, Virignia.
General Blocker, who had lived in Arlington between overseas assignments since 1946, served 30 years in the Army before retiring in 1969. He then spent 20 years as a management consultant with Hay Associates, an international consulting firm. He specialized in resolving management and compensation problems.
Among his major clients were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Comsat, Philip Morris, the American Bankers Association and Riggs National Bank. He helped to reorganize the middle management structure of the U.S. Postal Service and oversaw reorganization of the North Carolina university system.
General Blocker was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and at 16 had to live with neighbors during the Depression. He delivered laundry, made sandwiches and sold shoes to pay for college, graduating in 1936 from the University of Florida and its ROTC unit.
He entered active duty in 1941 and during World War II served with the IV and XIV Army Corps in the Solomon and Philippine Island campaigns, as well as in postwar Japan. After the war, he commanded one of the first Army battalions to be racially integrated.
In 1950, he received a master of business administration degree from Ohio State University.
He served tours of duty in West Germany and South Korea. In 1957, he was in charge of all U.S. Army nuclear weapons in Korea. In 1962, he was in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office during the Cuban missile crisis.
Among his awards were the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star. He also received a German medal for saving the life of a German civilian who was attempting suicide.
He was one of the first ROTC graduates to be promoted to general-officer rank.
He was active in the Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington. He was a life member of the Association of the United States Army and the Retired Military Officers Association.
His wife of 65 years, Bonita R. Blocker, died in 2003. A daughter, Katherine I. Anderson, died in 2004.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Jack S. Blocker Jr. of London, Ontario, and Kent R. Blocker of Chattanooga; and three grandchildren.
JACK S. BLOCKER
Brigadier General, USA (Ret.)
On Sunday, September 17, 2006 at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, Virginia. Beloved husband of the late Bonita R. Blocker and cherished father of the late Katherine I. Anderson. He is survived by sons, Jack, Jr. of London, Ontario and Kent of Chattanooga, Tennessee; two daugthers-in-law, Susan and Ellen; three grandchildren, Stuart, David and Whitney; a niece and a number of nephews.
General Blocker had lived in Arlington between overseas assignments since 1946. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and was a graduate of the University of Florida and its ROTC unit. After entering active duty in 1941, he served with the IV and XIV Army Corps in the Solomon and Philippine Island campaigns, as well as in postwar Japan. He followed that with graduate study at Ohio State University and later with the Army War College. He served tours of duty in West Germany and South Korea, retiring from active duty in 1969. He was one of the first ROTC graduates to be promoted to general-officer rank.
Opening a second career as a management consultant with Hay Associates, an international consulting firm, he specialized in resolving management and compensation problems. Among his major clients were the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S., Comsat, Philip Morris, the American Bankers Association, Riggs National Bank, the North Carolina university system, and the U.S. Postal Service. He was a life member of AUSA and the Retired Officers Association, an an active member of the Calvary United Methodist Church. A Funeral Service will be held at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2006, with interment to follow in Arlington National Cemetery.
- DATE OF BIRTH: 08/19/1913
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/21/2003
- BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 7192
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF BLOCKER, JACK S BG US ARMY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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