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Former NRA President and Alaska
Legislator Howard Pollock Dies

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ormer NRA President Howard Wallace Pollock died on
Jan. 9, 2011, in Coronado, Calif., at the age of 90.
Pollock is survived by his children Ron Pollock, Pamela
Pollock, Randy Pollock, Patty Raymond and Rick Pollock; his nine
grandchildren David Pollock, Erin Pollock, Allison Pollock, Liv
Pollock, Patrick Raymond, Joseph Raymond, Hannah Raymond,
James Raymond and Nick Campbell; two great-grandchildren
and his beloved companion of 35 years, Marina Goodenough.
Born on April 11, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., Pollock spent his
youth in New Orleans, La. Achieving physical prowess at an
early age, Pollock won a Mississippi
State boxing title while attending
Perkinston Junior College in
Perkinston, Miss. He attended the
University of Santa Clara (Calif.) and
earned a J.D. from the University
of Houston, a master's degree in
industrial management from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and a Ph.D. from the International
University of Vienna (Austria). Pollock
enlisted in the Merchant Marines and
then joined the United States Navy at
the start of World War II, achieving the
rank of lieutenant commander.
He was severely wounded in a
grenade explosion during his service.
Pollock lost his right forearm and
suffered two punctured lungs, but
recovered from his wounds and lived
the rest of his long life with great gusto.
After his medical discharge from
the Navy, Pollock married Maryanne
Passmore and started a family that eventually grew to five
children. In 1948, the Pollocks moved to Alaska where they
homesteaded just south of Anchorage. In 1952, the Pollock
family moved to California so he could attend the University
of Santa Clara School of Law. Upon starting law school, Pollock
learned he had been elected to the Alaska Territorial Legislature,
so he put his law degree on hold and moved back to Alaska.
After completing his term with the legislature, Pollock
resumed his law studies and earned his J.D. from the University
of Houston in 1955. He worked in the corporate world, serving
as president of Alaska Gold and Other Products, Inc.; president
of Falcon Alaska Oil Co. and chairman of the board for Alaskan
Seafoods, Inc.
Pollock then opened a law practice in Anchorage, but
continued to pursue his love of politics as well. He was part
of a group of young lawyers and legislators who fought
for Alaska's statehood. He was elected to several terms in

the Alaska State Legislature as well as two terms in the U.S.
House of Representatives from 1966 to 1970. Pollock also
made two unsuccessful bids to run as governor of Alaska in
1962 and 1970.
In 1971, President Nixon appointed Pollock as deputy
administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. After retiring from NOAA, Pollock remained in
Washington, D.C., as a government consultant.
An NRA Benefactor member and NRA Board member,
Pollock served as NRA second vice president and first vice
president. He served as president of
the National Rifle Association from
1983 to 1985. During his tenure at
NRA, Pollock served on the following
committees: Hunting & Wildlife
Conservation, Legislative Policy,
Legal Action, Bylaws & Resolutions,
Public Affairs, Competitions Rules
& Programs, Protest, Audit, the
Committee on Hearings, Committee
on Elections and the Firearms
Civil Rights Legal Defense Fund.
Pollock also served on the 1984
Olympic Organizing Committee
for the Shooting Sports, as well as
the Operations Committee for the
Shooting Sports, 1984 Olympic
Games. In addition, he served
on the boards of many national
organizations, including Ducks
Unlimited and the Foundation for
North American Wild Sheep.
Pollock was an avid recreational
shooter and hunter. His hunting expeditions included wild
turkey hunts across the country and more than 25 trips to
Africa. He continued hunting into his 80s, when he successfully
competed in the Wyoming One-Shot Antelope Hunt. Pollock
kept in shape by training each morning in the martial art of
tae kwon do and he was awarded the black belt in 1995.
Recalling Pollock's exuberance for life, NRA Executive Vice
President Wayne LaPierre said, "After suffering terrible injuries
in World War II, Howard Pollock read what the doctor entered
on his chart: 'Death Imminent.' Obviously, the surgeon had
never met Mr. Pollock. Not only was Howard's demise not
pending that day, life could barely contain his next 60-plus
years of accomplishment: Alaskan Senator, U.S. Congressman,
NRA President-even black belt in tae kwon do at the age of
75. But now it's time to rest. And know that our feeling of loss,
as well as the pride and honor we have from calling you a
friend, is eminent and abundant."
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