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Aleck Block

  • Birth 5 May 1918 Michigan, USA
  • Death 18 Jul 2012 California, USA
  • Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 93966229

Block, Aleck May 5, 1918 - July 18, 2012 Survived by his devoted loving wife of 56 years, his two children, and five grandchildren. Screenwriter, storyteller, inventor, businessman, artist, poet, adventurer and lover of beauty in all its forms, he was a creative, brilliant man who brought his ideas to life on the movie screen, in breakthrough inventions in the abrasives industry and in stories to his children.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan but spent much of his childhood in Macon, Georgia where he developed a great love of the South. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. At the outbreak of WWII he was rejected by the army because of a slight hearing loss, so he volunteered for the Marine Corps. He served as a First Lieutenant and was stationed in the Pacific for the duration of the war.

After the war he moved to Los Angeles to write stories and screenplays at Warner Brothers and MGM. Two were produced: a Western called "The Law Dogs" and the romance "Embraceable You." He left the movie business to build Merit Abrasives Products from a small shop into a multi-million dollar internationally recognized industry leader. He was granted more than 30 patents for his inventions. Described by a friend as "gentle, kind and elegant to the tips of his toes." He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Services Sunday, July 22 at 1:00 pm, Hillside 800-576-1994. Reception at the family's home following services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish War Veterans: 1811 R Street NW, Washington D.C. 2009.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 21, 2012


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  • Created by: Miriam
  • Added: 21 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93966229
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Aleck Block (5 May 1918–18 Jul 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93966229, citing Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Miriam (contributor 46986797) .