May 20, 2012
"Dear Mrs. Pollak--
Our deepest condolences to you and your family... What a valued and distinguished life you both have had. You may recall two things-- that Judge Pollak married me and my wife almost exactly 29 years ago; Joanne is next to me on the couch now, as we await our daughter's return from a rowing regatta; and you were instrumental-- as Penn's post-bacc director-- in my own 25 year career in cardiology. Our very best wishes to you and your family. John and Joanne Rudoff"
May 15, 2012
"It's rare to find true greatness. Judge Pollak was one of the greatest jurists—and people-- of our time.
I first met Lou Pollak when I was 7 years old and I stumbled into his back yard, where he was playing with his young daughter Susie. He spoke to me quietly and sincerely and patiently, ignoring my pronounced lisp and cutting through my shyness. He introduced me to his dog, his daughters, and his always witty wife, Kathy. He was the most generous and considerate of neighbors and when I was just a little bit older I realized that we had a veritable—and a better, because real,--Atticus Finch in our midst. His passions were justice, truth, equality and his family.
I think that everyone he knew became a better, stronger person, a person more committed to truth and justice because of his example.
His family was profoundly kind to me when I was a teenager and needed kindness. Lou always made time for everyone--young and old, powerful and powerless. I remember reading his wonderful volumes on the "Constitution and the Supreme Court" and realizing what a vital, entrancing way he had of transforming history into sparkling vividness. He made an enormous positive difference in the world to people he knew and to our entire society. When he spoke, you knew that what he said would be simultaneously inherently correct and also carefully and wisely considered."
May 14, 2012
"To Katherine, and Louis's entire family.Louis was beyond genius.Remembering a hot day in Atlanta with Abernathy Andy , ,MLKSr.Louis Reese , personal confident of MLKSr. And Twitty .What a eventful ride to the airport .
Profound Sincere Condolences .
Congressional Black Caucus
BOB STOKES 33*
THE MOTHER LODGE
LONDON U K"
May 13, 2012
"Dear Ms. Pollak and Family - I extend my condolences on your loss. Judge Pollak was Dean of Penn Law School when I graduated in 1976. I interviewed him for the Law School newsletter shortly after he became Dean. I had also met him at Yale while I was an undergraduate, during his term as Dean of the Yale Law School. I still remember that meeting. I was a member of Davenport College, where he was a fellow. One winter morning I was having breakfast with another student. The dining hall was not very full. Judge Pollak asked whether he could join us. I already knew who he was. Because I already planned to attend law school, so I was thrilled that the Dean was joining us. In introducing himself, he simply said, "I"m Lou Pollak." Even though that encounter occurred over 40 years ago, whenever I think of Judge Pollak, I remember his modesty in joining a couple of undergraduates for breakfast. I consider myself fortunate to have known him. May his memory be for a blessing."
(Camp Hill, PA)
May 13, 2012
"To Mrs. Pollak, Sally, Debbie, et al:
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your husband and father. I'm sure he is missed, not only by you, but by many whose lives he touched.
Having spent a little time in your household, I can't say as if I ever heard Judge Pollak speak more than twenty words. I remember him always with a modest smile.
On one or two occasions at dinner he ate quietly. And with his eyes sparkling he appeared to enjoy the colorful din, from all the women in his life, which danced about the table.
Quiet as he was to me, he seemed to instill the courage in each of his five daughters to find and use her own voice. That is a wonderful legacy.
I am sorry for your loss."
Ellis Hope Neel