Henri Floch, former Phoenix teacher

Henri J. Floch died Tuesday, July 3, 2012. He was born June 1, 1928 in Brooklyn to his late parents, Henri G. and Martha (LeCoz) Floch, who were both newly immigrated from France.

While still a young boy, Mr. Floch got the opportunity to live in France.

He met his wife Doris, of nearly 58 years,also a Brooklyn native, on a blind date while in college.

After graduating from SUNY Oswego, he started teaching the sciences at Phoenix schools.

He was drafted by the U.S. Army soon after the Korean War began.  Upon his return, he resumed teaching. He often credited Principal John C. Birdlebough for shepherding him through all the steps as a new teacher.

Henri and Doris were married in 1954. They started a family by having three daughters. He wrote and published two science textbooks over his career.

He is survived by his wife, Doris (Burkle); daughters, Margot Floch and her husband, Greg Irving,

Nancy Mansson and her partner, Sheila Blais, and Barbara Floch and her partner, Bonnie Foley; grandson, Andrew Mansson and his wife, Christina Mansson; and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Jillian Mansson.

Calling hours will be held Tomorrow, July 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.

The family is planning on establishing a scholarship fund in Henri’s name in the near future. Contributions may be made to the family at this time.

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