Fred Bloom aka “Mr. Two Ten”, Longtime social activists
Frederick Bloom, of Walpole MA. died on October 31st, 2012.
Born in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, he attended Boston Latin School and then Brown University where he was later appointed to the board of trustees.
After graduation he joined the Signal Corps at the onset of WWII. He was trained in cryptanalysis (code breaking) and lead top-secret projects in the Aleutian Islands.
Upon his return, he joined his father (Abe Bloom) at the Two Ten Footwear Foundation as Executive Secretary and dedicated his life to helping people in the footwear community through financial, social, and educational support and services. One of his many major accomplishments was the addition of the Two Ten Scholarship Program, which has helped over 5,000 students since its inception in 1969. Fred maintained strong ties with Two Ten in an advisory role for the duration of his life and will be deeply missed.
Fred is survived by his loving wife Edith Bloom of 56 years, David W. Bloom of New York, NY, Jeff A. Bloom of Toronto, Canada and Linda B. Ambrose of Annapolis, MD. Cherished grandfather to Joshua Dillon Bloom and dear brother to the late Herbert W. and Myron L. Bloom.
Services at Temple Beth David, Westwood, MA on Sunday, November 4 at 11:30am. Burial in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon.
Memorial observance Sunday evening and Monday evening, at New Pond Village, 170 Main Street, Walpole, MA – 2nd floor, 7-9pm.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, 1466 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451 or The Elmer and Sophie Blistein Library Book Fund, Brown University, PO Box 1893, Providence, RI 02912.