Thomas J. Pollard

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Thomas J. Pollard ’88 died on October 27, 2012. A lifelong resident of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Tom graduated from St. John’s Prep in 1984. At Dartmouth he was active in football and student government and a member of Beta Theta Pi. Tom majored in History at Dartmouth and went on to earned two masters degrees, an MBA from Emory in 1993 and one in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell in 1999.

Tom worked as a federal mediator and for the National Labor Relations Board, General Electric and Capital One. Tom was a volunteer firefighter, avid hunter, Yosemite park ranger, hospital volunteer, boater and devoted dog owner. Dartmouth classmates remember Tom for his sense of humor, his willingness to lend you his motorcycle, and his ability to really listen when you needed somebody to talk to.

Classmate Lance High remembers:

I first met Tom on the football field in Hanover, and we lived together for our junior year in Russell Sage. Tom was a fast friend, who had quite a fun-loving demeanor. Smart, friendly, and down to earth. He could talk to anybody for hours, and I was always amazed at how easily that came to him. I remember him fondly, and I miss him.

A loving son, brother, uncle, and friend, he is missed by many. He was survived by his mother, Elizabeth A. (Hardy) Pollard, two brothers and their spouses, a nephew and three nieces. Tom was a devoted son of Dartmouth who served in many College fundraising roles, including four years as Head Agent and a member of the 20th Reunion Giving Committee. Memorial contributions for Tom may be made to the Dartmouth College General Fund, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755.

1 Comment

  • As a FLIP instructor, I taught a bunch of community and student aerobic classes. During sophomore summer, the football coach apparently told the team to take ballet or some sort of dance class for agility….so there was Tom Pollard, in the back of the class, hopping around, swinging his arms with grace, balancing on one foot and generally making me smile and laugh with him. From that moment on, the big brawny Tom Pollard showed what bravery REALLY looked like!

    Jen Taylor 12.06.2018

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