Francis X.B. Pollock
Francis X.B. Pollock, 71, of Saylorsburg, PA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg.
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Dec. 5, 1940, Frank was the son of the late Sheldon L. and Frances (Xavier) Pollock. He was a 1962 graduate of St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pa.
Frank was one of the earliest Peace Corps volunteers, spending a year in Liberia [1962-1963]. He continued his stay an additional year for the State Department in order to set up basketball programs for schools throughout the country.
Upon his return to the United States, he continued his education and received his master's degree from Columbia University. He taught for two years at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. He also worked for Consumer's Union and taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
Frank continued his career as the public communications director for the Federal Trade Commission during the Carter administration. After this, he founded and edited a magazine called "Media and Consumer."
In 1980, he returned to Rolling Hills Farm in Saylorsburg and began in earnest his career as a farmer, while continuing his journalistic career as an advertising director for Rodale's "The New Farm" a magazine of Regenerative Agriculture."
Frank also worked as a night copy editor at the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg.
His interest in locally grown produce led to his being one of the founders of the Pocono Garlic Fest. He was easily recognized at the Monroe County Farmers Market on Main Street in Stroudsburg, because of the huge garlic bulb replica on his truck. His aim was to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs that were tasty and grown without herbicides.
He was famous for his development of Rolling Hills Garlic Vinegar and Garlic Honey Vinegar, which is still being produced today. Gourmet chefs have acclaimed it as, "the very best garlic vinegar anywhere!" He sold his products locally and nationally, including to the White House and many renowned restaurants.
We have been blessed with the presence of Frank in our lives, and he will be deeply missed by his brother, Sheldon L. Pollock, and his wife, Ronnie, of Cheshire, Conn.; his sisters, Mary Joan Gaiotti and her husband, Joseph, of Saylorsburg, Frances A. Vaught and her husband, Andrew, and Eileen Holden and her husband, William, all of Savannah, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Gilbert. Family and friends are welcome to offer their condolences from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Internment will be at the family plot at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, P.O. Box 38, Brodheadsville, PA 18322 or to The Wounded Warriors Project, 1120 G Street N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.