Harold Arnold PollmanSeptember 20, 1924 ~ July 22, 2012
Harold Arnold Pollman
September 20, 1924 ~ July 22, 2012
Harold Pollman, the son of Sarah (Sallie) and Paul Pollman, was raised in the prairie state of North Dakota, and it defined his character. He worked alongside his father transporting furs from Canada to the U.S. fur markets from the age of 10, earning 10 cents an hour for a ten-hour day. His father, a Russian immigrant at the turn of the 20th century, taught him "you don't have to like it, you just have to do it," and do it he did.
Harold entered the U.S. Air Force in 1943, and flew 52 combat missions over Europe as a navigator in a B-24 Liberator Bomber nicknamed "Dyna Might." He was shot down three times, the third being in German occupied territory, where Tito's underground partisans helped the crew to safety. He completed his military service in 1945, having been awarded numerous medals for his service.
Harold went on to complete his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and was admitted to both the Texas and the North Dakota Bar in 1951.
It was at UT Austin that he fell in love with a beautiful girl from Kaufman, Texas, Leah Lichtenstein, who would become his wife of almost 62 years. Leah and Harold moved back to Dallas from North Dakota in 1956 in order to raise their family, and all three of their daughters, Cheryl, Janet and Marcie, continue to live in Dallas.
Harold became a land developer in the mid 1950's building large tracts of FHA and VA homes throughout the Greater Dallas area. In 1974 he served as the President of the Greater Dallas Home and Apartment Builders Association, and served on the National Board of Directors for over 30 years.
In 1992, Harold was given the honor of becoming a guest lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he taught until recent health issues kept him from traveling. During his lectureship, he had the privilege of teaching not only in Cambridge, but also in Shanghai and Beijing on the subject of private ownership of real property.
Many non-profit organizations are the beneficiary of Harold's generous spirit, including Temple Emanu-El, Akiba Academy, the Legacy at Preston Hollow, SMU, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Harold continued to support his synagogue community in Grand Forks, ND as well.
Harold Pollman is survived by his wife, Leah L. Pollman, his daughters Cheryl Pollman, Janet Kafka, and husband Terry, and Marcie Brown, and husband Michael, his five grandchildren, Philip Kafka, Dylah Werbner, Ben Werbner, Dylan Brown and Mason Brown, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Laura Rentz, and by his parents, of blessed memory.
The family would like to thank his very special caregivers over the past year and a half, Arnaldo Mercado and Brandon Wollos, and is extremely grateful for the compassionate care given by the staff of the Legacy at Preston Hollow, led by Jerry McDonald.
Services will be held at Temple Emanu-El, Olan Sanctuary, on Friday, July 27, at 10:00 AM, with internment to follow at the Temple Emanu-El cemetery.
Contributions may be made to any of the cherished organizations that Harold supported.