Cartoonist Block Leaves $50 Mil. For Foundation


(AP) Herb Block, the famous editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post, left $50 million to create a philanthropic foundation when he died in October, according to the group’s new president.

The size of the endowment shocked and surprised some of Block’s friends who weren’t aware he was that wealthy. His money was largely from Washington Post Co. stock.

Frank Swoboda, a former Post reporter, was elected president of the Herb Block Foundation by a board of trustees named in Block’s will.

The foundation will focus on helping children get a quality education, improving Washington communities and encouraging young editorial cartoonists.

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