Francis J. Bock, 85, accountant

October 08, 2006

Francis Joseph Bock, a retired accountant who once played in a precursor to the National Basketball Association, died Monday of stomach cancer at Gilchrest Center for Hospice Care. The longtime resident of Original Northwood was 85.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Bock graduated in 1939 from Calvert Hall College High School, where he played basketball and football. He went on to play basketball at Loyola College, where he graduated in 1943. He is a member of the Loyola College Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he served in the Army for two years during World War II and was stationed in Saipan.

In 1946 and 1947, Mr. Bock played for the Baltimore Bullets when they were part of the American Basketball League, which would later become part of the NBA. He and his brother and teammate, Vic, were known as the "Bock Brothers."

Mr. Bock was an accountant, working for 11 years at Southern States Cooperative Inc. He went on to work for the state, first with the prison system and later with the lottery, before he retired after 27 years in 1984.

Services were Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Evelyn Topolski; two sons, Denis Bock of Baltimore and David Bock of Federal Hill; a daughter, Deborah Fisher, of Fallston; and a granddaughter.

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