October 19, 1927November 2, 2018

POLLOCK, Oren Taft October 19, 1927 ~ November 2, 2018 Oren, 91, died peacefully in his home in Chicago on Friday, November 2nd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita; his parents, Frances Taft Boyd & Woolsey McAlpine Pollock; his son, Charles K Pollock(Suzanne), and his sister, Anne Pollock Hoar. He is survived by his children: Katherine Pollock (Lesley Spencer) and Nancy (Tom) Patterson of Chicago & Edward (Tracy) Pollock of San Diego; his seven grandchildren: Oren (Sarah), Claire & Bob Matteson, Laura & Becca Patterson, Elizabeth & Neal Pollock; four great grandchildren: Eleanor, Olivia, Gigi & Henry; his step sister, Mary, and many nieces, nephews & cousins. Oren was a graduate of Williams College (BA)’49, Princeton University (MA)’51 & Northwestern University (MBA). He was Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy during the Korean War. After the Navy he worked at Sears Roebuck & Company for almost 3 decades, retiring in the mid 1980s as an assistant treasurer. He was an active member in a number of academic institutions & non profit organizations and class agent for his alma mater, Williams College for more than 50 years. In 1967 he joined the Board of Lawrence Hall, becoming president and ultimately, a Life Trustee. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees at Lake Forest Academy (1969-1980), and a Life Trustee (1980-present). Retirement did not quell Oren’s volunteer ethic and he spent 20 years volunteering at Roosevelt High School, a mentoring project through The Princeton Club of Chicago. In his spare time he enjoyed visits with his family, adult education classes at The University of Chicago, traveling, tennis & last but not least, reading, a pastime he truly enjoyed. A memorial service will take place at 11:00am, Saturday, November 17th at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in his memory to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 4, Chicago, IL 60611 - or Lawrence Hall, 4833 N Francisco Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.


  • Anita Pollock, Wife
  • Frances Taft Boyd, Mother
  • Woolsey McAlpine Pollock, Father
  • Charles K Pollock, Son
  • Anne Pollock Hoar, Sister
  • Katherine Pollock, Daughter
  • Nancy Patterson, Daughter
  • Edward Pollock, Son
  • Oren Matteson, Grandchild
  • Claire Matteson, Grandchild
  • Bob Matteson, Grandchild
  • Laura Patterson, Grandchild
  • Becca Patterson, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Pollock, Grandchild
  • Neal Pollock, Grandchild
  • Eleanor -, Great Grandchild
  • Olivia -, Great Grandchild
  • Gigi -, Great Grandchild
  • Mary -, Step sister

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Lawrence Hall


17 November

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Drake & Son Funeral Home

5303 North Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625



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