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May 2003

ITSS Staff Transition

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Paula Pollock from cancer. Paula was first diagnosed with cancer in December of 1997 and fought the disease valiantly to the end.

Paula taught mathematics at UMD, together with her husband Jim, back in the early 1980s. She worked for several years at the EPA Lab and then returned to UMD to join Information Services, now Information Technology Systems and Services, in 1987. Paula worked steadfastly throughout her illness and found her work a source of strength.

During her time with ITSS Paula was involved in many projects, including:

  • writing a student tracking and retention system
  • initial offering of Novell services to ITSS labs and departments across campus
  • writing a long-distance call tracking system and a billing and accounting system for ITSS
  • working closely with student programmers on web form and data base systems.

Paula won Outstanding Service Awards from UMD in 1989, 1998, and 2000.

Paula had an exceptional way of working with students, providing technical training and extendable examples that moved students quickly into key roles as productive staff.

In addition to her husband Jim, Paula is also survived by her children Miranda Edel, Drew Pollock, and Brenna Pollock, as well as four grandchildren. Miranda is an employee of the UMD School of Medicine and a graduate student in art and design. Drew is a graduate of UMD in mathematics.

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