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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Shirley Pollock
March 17, 1922 - April 11, 2017
Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel
Service Date: Sunday April 16th, 2017
Service Time: 11:30 am
Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel
5950 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California 90068
Shirley Rita London Pollock, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully April 11, 2017, having just celebrated her 95th birthday. She was born on March 17, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Dora Sley and Louis London, sister of the late Eleanor Gibbel and Edward London. She was married to her beloved Martin Peanut Pollock for 67 years, until his death in 2008. She is survived by daughters Terri Ann Pollock, Nancy Pollock, Barbara Ruskin and son-in-law, Jeremy Ruskin; grandchildren: Sasha Pollock, Sandha Khin, Hannah Khin, Jesse Ruskin and Tobin Belzer, Matt Ruskin and Hannah Feldner-Shaw. She adored her close family members, Robby and Chuck Robinson, Betsy Sley Grossman, Denise and Barclay Livker, the Shassian clan and many others. She was predeceased by her dear son-in-law Ronald Khin, sister-in-law Gertrude London Rifkin, and brother-in-law Henry Gibbel. We are grateful to Silvia Galdamez, her loving caregiver of 21 years, and to Julya Bonilla, for their devotion to our family.
Shirley was the first woman president of Overbrook High School, graduating in 1939. Shirley and Martin raised their family in Philadelphia and owned and operated Camp Sholom, in Collegeville, PA, a summer camp that became a community of lifelong friends and fans of Shirley. Shirley led Girl Scout troops, ran the gift shop at Main Line Reform Temple, and read books for the blind. They moved to Los Angeles in 1977, where Shirley became a leader of the Brandeis University National Committee, holding local and national leadership positions and receiving the first Eris Fields Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2016 she was elected to the Brandeis Board of Fellows for her significant volunteer contributions to Brandeis University, and was hooded among family and friends in December. She was chair of the leadership presidium and editor of the chapter Bulletin until her death.
Donations may be made in honor of Shirley London Pollock, to Los Angeles Chapter Scholarship Fund, Brandeis National Committee. Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453.
Services will be held Sunday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m. Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, LA 90068. Family and friends are invited home following the service.