Gene Pollock, emeritus professor of economics at The College of Wooster, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at 85.
Pollock ,who began his career at Wooster in 1961, was a professor of economics for 38 years. Serving as chair of the department multiple times in his tenure, Pollock modeled what it means to be a member of an academic community. John Sell, emeritus professor of economics who taught with Pollock shared his memories of Pollock’s ability to “drive community” on a personal level through his sense of humor and cheerful personality. After retirement he continued to enjoy weekly coffee with his retired colleagues.
Current Chair of Economics Amyaz Moledina said of Pollock, “I marvel at his depth of commitment to statistical inquiry despite being an economist. It was his leadership, along with Richard Reimer’s, that moved our department in the quantitively empirical direction in the 1960’s.” He added, “We have maintained and grown this legacy of rigorous training in the data sciences to this day. I think about the hundreds of our economics graduates who benefitted from his statistical courses since the 1960s and have gone on to have amazing careers. We are saddened by his passing, but grateful for his legacy.”
In the late 1990s, Pollock coauthored several publications with Atlee Stroup, emeritus professor of sociology, on divorce in the United States and its economic consequences. He also wrote and published the textbook Statistical Methodology. In addition to serving as chair of Economics, Pollock also served on many presidential committees. He was an enthusiastic Fighting Scots basketball fan and a member of Rebounders, a support group for the basketball team. He and his wife Jean made many road trips including some out of state to support the team. He often served as a Rebounder honorary coach at home and away games, and together, he and Jean received the Rebounder of the Year award in 2018.
Pollock’s full obituary, available through Addy Funeral Home, notes that memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the College and a celebration of his life will be held in Wooster at a later date.