Pollak, George was born June 1, 1929 in Vienna, Austria to Julius Pollak and Helen Neufeld Pollak. The family moved to Los Angeles in March 1939 when they fled Vienna ahead of the Nazis. George went to schools in Los Angeles, including Virgil Junior High and Fairfax High School. He earned a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science from UCLA, then a Masters degree in Public Administration, also from UCLA. While working for the Navy at China Lake, George was drafted by the Army for the Korean War. Short of ten years citizenship, he was not eligible for intelligence work and instead was sent to Frankfurt, Germany for two years in the base post office. Returning to the U.S., he began working for the Navy research laboratory in Pasadena, an outgrowth from Caltech, which later moved to San Diego as the Ocean Systems Center. Deputy Head of Central Staff, George was also in charge of the three national offices of NARDIC, providing information on projects available to industry. He remained at the Center until he retired in 1984. Active in professional organizations, George was elected President of the College Federal Council, composed of representatives of the various Federal agencies and university departments of Public Administration in Southern California. Interested in the intellectual life, he also took classes in political philosophy and similar fields while studying for the doctorate. In 1969, he married Paulina June Salz, a professor at California State University, Fullerton. After retiring, he remained active in support of the Library and other departments at CSUF. He died on November 16, 2016, age 87. He will be lovingly remembered as a tremendously intelligent, warm and decent human being, a mensch. A private celebration of his life with be held in January.
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