Robert Pollock, 47, real estate salesman, Falls Road homebuilder

April 20, 2000|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Robert Pollock, a Baltimore County builder and real estate salesman who constructed homes along the Falls Road corridor, died yesterday of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 47 and lived in Reisterstown.

Mr. Pollock built homes in the Laurelford and Westwicke sections of Baltimore County, wooded subdivisions he helped develop in the 1980s and 1990s. He was also a leading sales agent at the Greenspring office of O'Conor Piper & Flynn real estate firm.

"He built magnificent homes," said Candace Claster, a business associate. "He paid an enormous amount of attention to detail. He epitomized the finest of everything with the industry. His perfectionism as a builder and developer was only exceeded by his integrity."

Friends recalled him as a man who worked long hours, seven days a week. He began his building career as a 19-year-old who swept up the sawdust of new homes being built in Baltimore County. He later founded Robert Pollock Enterprises Ltd., his construction company.

Born in Winnetka, Ill., he was reared on Dennlyn Road in Northwest Baltimore. He was a graduate of the Park School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park.

He was a trustee of St. Paul's School and St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville.

In 1999 he served as chairman of the building committee for the boys' school's athletic center. At a February ceremony, the facility was named the Pollock Gymnasium in his honor.

"He literally was there every day. He was the point man on the job," said Andrea B. Laporte, a former St. Paul's School trustee. "He had incredible common sense and a sense of humor, too -- he brought us all down to earth when we got a little too pie-in-the-sky."

In 1972 he married Michelle Carter, who survives him.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the St. Paul's School Chapel, 11152 Falls Road, Brooklandville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jonathan Pollock; a daughter, Jennifer Pollock; his mother, Betsy Pollock; his stepfather, Leon Kaplan; and a brother, Dr. Stephen H. Pollock, all of Baltimore.

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