Grace M. POLLOCK|
Grace Milliman Pollock, 94, of Camp Hill, PA, passed away on February 15, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Seattle, WA, on July 20, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Loren and Grace Holcombe Milliman. At the age of five Grace took up ballet, which sparked her love affair with dance and the arts. By 16 she fulfilled her dream of being a ballerina in New York City and was cast in numerous Broadway shows. Grace also performed in Cannes, Paris, and London. In 1938 she joined the Powers Modeling Agency, posing for magazine covers and advertisements. Graduating from the University of Washington in 1941 where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, she later met her husband, S. Wilson Pollock, on a blind date and the two were married in July 1942 in Larchmont, NY. In 1948, the Pollocks moved to Pennsylvania where Bill became a founding member of AMP, Inc.
Bill and Grace quickly initiated philanthropic endeavors through-out Central Pennsylvania and at the University of Washington. In 1997 they founded the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Foundation. Since its inception, the Pollock Foundation has donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations in the area, including the Pollock Children's Wing of the Fredricksen Library, the Grace M. Pollock Center for Child Development of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, and the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training.
The Foundation also contributed to an ambulance for the Borough of Camp Hill, youth activities at the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley, the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, and a child care center at Harrisburg Area Community College. Grace's more recent charitable donations include the Hummelstown Library, the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.
Most recently, Grace donated $15 million to the Camp Hill School District for the development of the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center to promote music, dance, and the visual arts in the borough's schools.
Grace was a devout member of Camp Hill Presbyterian Church and a lifetime member of the West Shore Country Club, where she often enjoyed playing bridge. She was also an avid gardener, especially caring for her roses.
Grace was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Bill Pollock, in November 1997 and her four brothers, Loren Milliman, Leonard Milliman, Wendell Milliman, and Gordon Milliman, her twin.
She is survived by her son, Douglas W. Pollock of Camp Hill; her three granddaughters, Lauren Pollock Cacciamani, wife of Paul of Harrisburg, PA, Courtney Pollock Gordon of Hummelstown, PA, and Lindsay Pollock Burk, wife of Ryan of Chapel Hill, NC; two great grandchildren, Paul A. Cacciamani III and Olivia C. Gordon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at 11 AM in the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center, 340 North 21st Street, Camp Hill, PA, with The Rev. Robin G. Reilly officiating. A visitation will be held in the center on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 5 to 8 PM and again on Wednesday from 10 AM until the time of the service.
Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, PA, is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Dauphin County Library System, Community Relations Department, 101 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 for the Hummelstown branch- please write "Grace Pollock Memorial" and "Alexander Family Library" in the memo line or go to dcls.org to contribute; or to the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 North 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011; or to the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Foundation, 1011 Mumma Road, Suite 201, Lemoyne, PA 17043, to carry out Grace's legacy in the community.
Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2013