Carol Pollock, who was instrumental in creating an area campaign to keep the memories of Vietnam War MIAs alive, died Dec. 13.
She was 76 and lived at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham.
Long active at Main Line Reform Temple, where she was in charge of a number of committees — and was among the first, if not the first, of members to have their Bat Mitzvah later on in life, in this case under the aegis of Rabbi Max Hausen — Pollock was also involved in the Radnor Valley Country Club, where she was a regular on its tennis courts. Perhaps because of her teaching background — Pollock was a graduate of Brooklyn College and taught elementary school for a number of years — she was interested in helping to keep the public aware of important issues.
“She was one who felt a need to solve problems,” said her husband, Lawrence.
One such campaign was having people wear bracelets bearing the names of those missing in action in Vietnam. In helping push the Vietnam MIA issue to the forefront of the public’s attention, she offered a dramatic lesson in the need to remember those who serve in the military. Money raised in the sale of the bracelets was used, says her husband, in efforts “to help locate those who were missing in action.”
She herself was often content to stay in the background, says he husband, but her traits of caring not just for family but also for others in need were recognized by many. More than 200 family members, friends and fans of her missions attended her funeral service. “She was the type of woman and wife you would want your sons to marry,” her husband said.
He should know; he and Carol were married for 54 years, even if they came from “different” parts of the country. “Ours was a ‘mixed’ marriage,” Lawrence joked, with him being from the Bronx and Carol coming from Brooklyn. They met in the Catskills. He at the time was working in New York for ABC Radio — and would go on to an eminent career that included serving as chairman and president of ABC- owned television stations, and, before that, a long stint as head of Philly’s WPVI-TV, now 6ABC — and she was teaching in Brooklyn.
Despite such geographical differences, they meshed in marriage, eventually settling in Philly and on the Main Line when Lawrence’s career landed him at 6ABC.
In addition to her husband, the former Carol Hirsh is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Kane and Deborah Lindenberg; a son, David; a sister, June Hirsh; and four grandchildren.