The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 25, 2008

Charles Pollock, educator, dies

LEWISBURG — Charles Pollock, 59, a senior vice president for external relations at Bucknell University, who tirelessly worked to build a strong and lasting relationship between the university and residents of Lewisburg, died Wednesday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after an extended illness.

“Charlie dedicated his professional life to higher education and especially to Bucknell,” said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell on Thursday afternoon. “He deeply loved the university and this community, as his dedicated service to both so strongly attest. All of us considered it a privilege to know a man of such warmth, humility, and decency, and we will miss him profoundly.”

At public meetings and forums, Pollock was venerated as a highly effective speaker with an incredible knowledge of the facts.

Behind the scenes, to those who worked closest with him, he was even more admired .

“He represented everything good about Bucknell University,” Mitchell said. “I’ve known him for 20 years. Charlie was smart and quick-witted, a humble guy who was fun to be with. He had a terrific sense of humor.”

The first to hold the external relations position at Bucknell, Pollock was responsible for the university’s efforts to help strengthen the local tax base, the regional economy and local schools.

“Charlie really loved that job,” Mitchell said. “As much as anyone at the university, he was a strong proponent of Bucknell, establishing a strong, direct relationship with Lewisburg. It was a passion of his. He recognized that while Bucknell had strategic interests of its own, it also could be a good neighbor.”

Lewisburg Mayor Judith T. Wagner said, “Charlie was very important to everyone who knew him. He was admired, respected and trusted. He loved Lewisburg and loved the community. Anything we worked on with him was a pleasure. He enjoyed leadership and is irreplaceable.”

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