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Paul G. Pollinger

Son of the late Kathleen and Paul A. Pollinger died in his sleep on a warm spring day in June at his home in Washington, DC. Born in Edgeworth/Sewickley, PA, he attended the Mercersburg Academy and graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He worked in the Pittsburgh area as an Industrial Engineer then joined the service and served as a U.S. Naval Aviator, Special Weapons Delivery. He also lived in the Boston area for ten years working as a consultant and entrepreneur. When he moved to Washington, DC, he combined his experience in manufacturing and commercial real estate development placing early computers in New York City post offices, buying and renovating apartments on Capitol Hill, and he also started an abstract art gallery in downtown D.C. Paul owned a shopping center in Atlanta and established a partnership that lasted for 20 years in addition to leasing apartments for nine years in Southwest D.C.
Paul always had several goals in mind. The most exciting stretched over 30 years and resulted in an innovative brown/blue water barge hull for transporting ocean containers primarily on inland river waterways. The Waterways Journal referred to his Mod1Hull as another "Field of Dreams." His pro-se patent was the topic of an award winning paper written by a Naval architect student at the University of Michigan. The paper was included in a yearlong study of Marine Highways. Paul's mission was to reduce the cost of containers for inland waterway shippers in order to create and retain jobs. His goal was to launch a prototype hull and that effort was advancing at the time of his death. Paul was known in the industry as Mr. Container-on-Barge.
He enjoyed being a social member of the Washington Canoe Club and a spouse member of the National Press Club.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Holly Pollinger, his daughter Sarah Wockley of Washington, DC, his son, Alex Pollinger of Vienna, Virginia, his sister June Ensign of Bethesda, Maryland, and a brother, Don Pollinger, of Kinston, North Carolina. Paul also enjoyed his four grandchildren and had extended family and friends throughout the country. Burial was in Hollister Hill, Plainfield, Vermont.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 12, 2018
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