A Town Tribute to One of Our Own
By Mary Ann Sigler Stanton ’89
It is no secret to Bucknell alumni or townsfolk that Lewisburg is the quintessential American small town. People know one another, if not by name, then at least by sight. News does not stay new for long, and sad news makes the rounds even more quickly. Within hours of the passing of Charlie Pollock ’70, vice president for external affairs, on July 23, the trademark marquis on the Campus Theatre declared the shared sentiments of town and gown with the simple and heartfelt message, “We’ll Miss You, Charlie.”
Traveling down Market Street the day after Pollock’s passing, drivers and pedestrians alike paused near the theatre to remember him, all struck by the loss of their friend or colleague and by a simple message that dominated the downtown landscape, expressing the sentiments of many. Who had not seen Charlie Pollock’s tall frame striding purposefully across campus or along Market Street, topped by his familiar red hair and ever-present Bucknell tie? His voice, Bucknell theatre–trained as an undergrad, needed no technical amplification to share the latest updates on Lewisburg-Bucknell projects, and its echo will be felt through town hall as well as Marts Hall for years to come. When asked about Pollock’s impact on Lewisburg, Mayor Judy Wagner said, “It’s hard to focus even a little bit on all that he did, because his presence was so large in all of our endeavors. When we saw Charlie, we knew that something big would happen.
He was such a wonderful facilitator. He made sure that our communications were accurate, which was so important in any kind of town-gown relationship. He was the conduit between us. Charlie’s heart and soul were in Lewisburg and Bucknell, and he wanted this to be a great place to live. Most of all, we loved him.”
Pollock exuded the Orange and the Blue from every pore, but it was obvious to all who met him that his love of his adopted hometown of Lewisburg was equal to his love of alma mater. His memorial service, held at Rooke Chapel on Aug. 7, was well attended by town and gown alike.
"We’ll miss you, Charlie."