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


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2018


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John Lader

November 19, 2018

Oren and Sam were Dickens Place neighbors of mine and my wife for many years. We so enjoyed the times we got to spend with Oren. He was a true gentleman. His volunteer work set an example for all of us to follow. Rest in Peace my Friend.