Pollock, Stanley Wells
March 25, 1945 — April 15, 2014
Stan Pollock, 71, of Winona, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, during the lunar eclipse, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after complications from pneumonia.
Stan was born on March 25, 1943, in Longmont Colo., to Wells Pollock and Bessie (Sorden) Pollock. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1961 and moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, where he obtained a master’s and later a PhD in sociology.
After a brief teaching stint at UW-Menomonie, Stan was hired by Saint Mary’s University in Winona where he taught for 30 years. Stan loved being in the classroom and loved his students. He received the Brother H. Charles Severin Award for excellency in teaching in 1992.
In 1968, Stan married Sharon Sharp and in true counter-cultural fashion they spent the next decade living on two Maoist-feminist communes in Kellogg, Minn. and Ettrick, Wis. They had a son named Wells before divorcing in 1983.
Stan met his future wife Leslie while they were both travelling in India in 1985. They were married a year later on June 29, 1986, in Canada. They had a son, Jesse.
During his early years, Stan was challenged by drug and alcohol addictions. At his passing, he had just achieved 30 years of sobriety — something he was quietly proud of. He was frequently called upon to speak with local teens struggling with the same addiction issues.
In 1997, Stan was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer and underwent treatments at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and Mayo Clinic in Rochester. For the next 17 years, Stan endured health challenges and medical interventions too numerous to list. He approached all of it with courage, strength, determination, and grace. He was not a complainer.
Stan enjoyed cycling (2,500+ miles each year!), hiking, dancing, travelling, stand-up comedy and politics. He was an avid Zen Buddhist and yoga practitioner. He dearly loved his family and friends.
Stan is survived by his wife Leslie Foote and his sons Wells Pollock and Jesse Pollock-Foote. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Stan was blessed to have many loving friends. He will be greatly missed — for his compassion, intellect, and especially his deliciously irreverent sense of humor!
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the Tau Center Rotunda on the Saint Teresa campus, 511 Hilbert Street, Winona.
Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center for Head-Neck Cancer Research.