POLLARD, THOMAS

POLLARD, Thomas Nicholas Jr., 87, died peacefully on October 30, 2018. He was born in Richmond, Va., in 1931, the son of Thomas Nicholas Pollard Sr. and Katherine Bell Pollard. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carter Smith Pollard; their two daughters, Katherine Brown-Mowers "Kacy" and Garnett Tinsley Pollard; son-in-law, Jeffrey Arthur Mowers; four grandchildren, Thomas Nicholas Mowers, Connis Ostin Brown IV, Benjamin Patrick Mowers and Tess Ann Mowers. He was predeceased by his parents; oldest child, Thomas Nicholas Pollard III "Trip"; and his four-legged children, Lady, Nick, Suzette, Puddin, Pie, Mindy and Benji. Tom graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1949 and the University of Richmond in 1953. He was a proud Phi Gam and often delighted audiences with his off-key, but spirited rendition of Frank Crumit's "A Gay Caballero." At Richmond, he was inducted into ODK and named to Who's Who. He then earned his graduate degree from George Washington University. Tom made his operatic debut and subsequent only appearance in the Metropolitan Opera's local production of Verdi's "Aida" in 1952, when he led the processional across the stage of what was then known as Richmond's Mosque Theater. In 1960, Tom began his career at the University of Richmond, ultimately becoming Dean of Admissions, from which he retired in 1993. Under Tom's leadership, the stature and reputation of U of R's undergraduate and law school programs rose to the level of excellence the university is known for today. Tom was a faithful parishioner of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the Vestry and instrumental in the remodeling of the church and grounds in the 1990s. Since his retirement, Tom truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the RIVAH, at a place he affectionately called "Next Door to Heaven." Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 3, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Church Endowment Fund, 6000 Grove Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226 or the Westminster Canterbury Foundation, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227.

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