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Edward Pollak, 80, Longtime Stamford Resident

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Edward Pollak, 80, a longtime Stamford resident, died Sunday, Aug 9.

Pollak received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and master's in business from Cornell University and worked for many years in the chemicals industry.

He was a senior vice president of Olin Corp. and president and chief executive officer of Olin Hunt Specialty Products. He managed Olin's joint ventures in Japan, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Venezuela, and directed Witco Corp.'s Asia Pacific operations from Singapore.

After retiring, Pollak served for a brief time as president and chief executive officer of Yellow Cab Management Inc. in Chicago. He was chair of the Business Roundtable Superfund Working Group and president of SOCMA. He served on the board of The Ruckelshaus Institute for Environment and Natural Resources in Wyoming and the board of Valspar Corp. in Stamford. He was chair of the Liberation Programs Board and the World Affairs Forum and served on the board of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra.

He was also an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals. During his retirement, he enjoyed playing tennis, auditing history and literature courses at SUNY and attending lectures. He was a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Giants.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne; his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Alejandra; his daughter Kari, his daughter Anne and son-in-law, Chris Elser; his grandsons, Ned and Hugh Elser of London, England; and his sister, Jane Seff.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20 Forest St., Stamford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Bennett Cancer Center of Stamford Hospital or the Liberation Programs of Stamford. 

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