Mel Pollner Eulogies
Mel Pollner

July 16, 2008
Susan(Gilbert)Levine
I knew Mel in High School in the Bronx, at the Bronx High School of Science, where you had to be really smart to be able to attend. Mel was really smart. Even then, he was also really funny. The following story shows how funny. We were sophomores(about 14 years old)and I had borrowed some money from him, perhaps for lunch in the cafeteria one day, and a short while later I became ill with the measles.(We still got measles in the late 1950's). I knew that I owed Mel 10 cents, and since I was stuck at home for almost two weeks, missing school and all my friends, I asked my best friend, Caren Garber, to bring the Dime to Mel(enclosed in an envelope)..hoping for some human contact. The envelope was Returned to me a day or two later..via Caren..with the following message written on it:"I know you are just trying to spread your measles beasties on this envelope... so you may keep the 10 cents"..Tell me that was not adorable..and funny..and very Mel.

March 25, 2008
Edward Hegeman
Your dad was a good man. I think my all inclusive understanding that people are not ALL good or ALL bad comes from his love for philosophy, sociology and thought that he imbibed into his son Adrian and touched me in our discussions. I remember his spirit was young, playful and fatherly. Rejoice in his life and honor his legacy. I hope many blessings reach your family in this time of bereavement

February 25, 2008
Carol A.B. Warren

Your work was an inspiration to this fellow-sociologist, and you sure were a nice guy.

February 15, 2008
Mary Barr

I took Professor Pollner's class the "Sociology of Mental Illness," a little more than ten years ago. It was one of the best classes that I ever took. For our final paper we had the option to go downtown and observe commitment hearings. I did just that and will never forget that day, it was a life-altering experience, exactly what good education should be. Professor Pollner was a great teacher, I will always remember him.

January 24, 2008
Maria Teresa

I was very fortunate to meet Melvin. It was always a treat to see him. It was about me, never about him. He made me laugh and we had deep conversations about life. I will miss him sorely. To Judy and all the family my heart is with all of you.

November 6, 2007
Bill Werner
(Santa Monica, CA)
To the family of my most wonderful patient, I will miss him greatly. My prayers and sympathy are with all of the family.

November 6, 2007
Judith Richlin-Klonsky

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November 7, 2007
David Goode

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November 8, 2007
Tamara Sniezek

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November 9, 2007
Bob Garot

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November 9, 2007
Patricia O'Donnell

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November 9, 2007
Yvette (Guerra) Jean

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November 9, 2007
Peter R. Ibarra

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November 9, 2007
Michele Weiss

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November 10, 2007
Marshall Shumsky

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November 12, 2007
Philip Smith

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November 12, 2007
Bruce Henstell

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November 13, 2007
Ruben Guerra

Parents come to know professors indirectly through their children. Just knowing that Mel was instrumental in my daughter's development at UCLA gives me inspiration. Thank you, Mel, for all those you have instructed.

November 15, 2007
Adrienne Rosenthal

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November 15, 2007
Eric Rivera

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November 17, 2007
Steve Clayman

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November 19, 2007
Ken Leiter

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January 10, 2008
Lisette

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