Community grieves teacher’s passing

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Lost, but not forgotten, Michael Pollock is being remembered by many. The former social studies teacher is making history himself as someone who touched the hearts of this students.

Family and friends say he was more than just a teacher and respected community member. Mayor Diane Marlin says she thinks of him as the “ideal Urbana man.”

While he was present in the community, people who knew him say he was more than just his job.

“He was very concerned about what was right and just and fair. He wanted it to be that way with everyone.”

A family man, social students teacher and city council member, Michael Pollock will be remembered by many.

“The biggest thing about Michael Pollock is he loved students. He would do anything for students.”

He was known at Urbana High School for going the extra mile, getting kids to participate, both in school and in the community, just as he did.

“When I think of Michael Pollock, he was a model for civic engagement.”

As a city council member, Mayor Marlin says he could diffuse any argument and make sure the agenda ran smoothly.

“The process was fair and that’s the kind of civil engagement we really need.”

Even when he retired from both jobs to fight his cancer, he never could actually leave.

“He kept in contact. During snow days, would come to lunch and be an active teacher in the social studies department.”

But, his friends say this isn’t how they’ll remember him. Landsman knew him for 25-years and will remember his dedication to his family most of all.

“Wonderful dad, wonderful husband, devoted to wife, Renee and his kids, Henry and Elizabeth. He was so proud of them in anything they did.”

Landsman says his memory will be around for a very long time.

“He’s not gone. He’s still inside of us, all the things we learned from him and got to enjoy from him.”

His wife asks the family’s privacy be respected in its time of grief.

Michael Pollock served on the Urbana City Council for eight years in the 1990’s, as well as the Planning Commission and chair until 2012. He retired from UHS, in 2013, after decades of teaching.

Very involved in civic engagement, he encouraged students to do well in school, vote and always strive to make the community a better place. Pollock was 67-years old.

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