Mark Bloom
Palmetto Cremation Society
5638 N. Rhett Avenue
North Charleston, SC
Mark Bloom CHARLESTON - Mark Bloom, a consummate journalist, beloved partner, and valued friend, died on Wednesday, Jan.12, in Charleston. He had chronic kidney disease and suffered a heart attack the day before, said Susan Lyons, his partner of nearly nine years. He was 82. He was a thinking man whose broad interests ran from opera to sports, from travel to reading three newspapers a day, from a profound loyalty to those he loved to a never-ending immersion in the ways of the world. "Conversation, just being with Mark, was enriching," said Ms. Lyons. "His observations were sharp, his wit was quite wonderful, and his love was gentle and lasting." After studying at Kenyon College, he began a journalism career as varied as his personal interests. Early on he worked for the AP and Reuters wire services, and at Canadian Press in Toronto. Later, he was hired by Ms. Lyons's late husband, Richard, in the Science Department of the New York Daily News, where he became lead reporter on the NASA space program. He produced multiple front-page stories about the first manned moon landing in 1969. In 2019, he was featured in a PBS special, "Chasing the Moon," about that program and in Charleston, on the S.S. Yorktown, was the keynoter at a 50th anniversary celebration of the moon landing. After covering Gemini and Apollo at NASA, Mr. Bloom became a full-time medical writer, producing cover stories on breaking news in "Medical World News", such as the first heart transplant and, from the emergency room, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. For 15 years, he was editor and chief of "Physicians Weekly" on issues such as the health of presidential candidates and the inner workings of the American Medical Association. His colleagues considered him an invaluable editor, one of them recalling, "Mark made the copy zing, weighing each word. He asked the right questions and always improved the story." Mr. Bloom was born on April 7, 1939 in Manhattan, the son of Lucille and Louis H. Bloom. His family moved to Larchmont, NY when he was a child, but he would return to Manhattan for most of his adult life. He maintained an apartment there at his death, but in recent years spent most of his time in Charleston. Mark made lasting friendships. They include a group of school chums who met for 65 years for an annual Thanksgiving football game in Central Park and reunion at his apartment. Mark was a widower. His wife of 40 years, Kay, died in 2010. Besides Ms. Lyons, he is survived by his sister, Dianne Gregg of Potomac, MD, two nephews and a niece, and several great-nieces and one great-nephew. His collie, Maggie, a constant companion, survives as well. Memorial plans are on hold until the pandemic eases. Arrangements by Palmetto Cremation Society. Visit our guestbook at
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2022.
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Susan, We offer our sincerest condolences. Even though we only knew Mark nine years he made us feel like we new him all of our lives. He truly was very special to us and will miss him very much. Rest In Peace Mark
Craig and Cindy Fouse
January 20, 2022
January 19, 2022
My sincerest condolences to Susan and the legions of Mark´s friends and colleagues. I was honored to share with him nearly a half century of friendship and newsroom memories; 12th Night parties; Apollo launches; Bar Harbor lobster bakes; and millions of laughs. May his memory be a blessing always.
Joann Rodgers
January 18, 2022
Susan, my heart felt condolences for your loss of Mark, I will remember his gentleness. May the love and blessings of the Lord be of comfort to you, forever.
Herbert Maybank
January 15, 2022
I came late to the "Swine bowl and ball," an outsider new to NYC. But Boom was one of those who made me feel at home. When Cathy and I moved to New Mexico, Mark was soon to visit. A wonderful, warm and witty friend whom we already miss terribly.
Rob Robbins
January 14, 2022
Susan, Loving you and missing Mark.
Midge Peery
January 14, 2022
I will miss Mark. He gave me my first job working on our Mamaroneck HS Record in 1956, and we have been friends ever since. I am so happy that the last nine years of his life were spend with Susan who loved him dearly. Condoleances to Susan and all Mark's friends.
Richard Greeman aka Meatball Hertz
January 14, 2022
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