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With profound regret, we announce the passing of Abe Pollin, 85, the Washington sports entrepreneur who owned the Wizards basketball team. Mr. Pollin died on Tuesday, November 24 of corticobasal degeneration.
Mr. Pollin was one of the original members of Gallaudet’s Board of Associates, joining the Board when it began in December 1991. He continued to be a member of the Board of Associates until his passing. Mr. Pollin also was a major donor to the University.
“Through his dedicated service on the Board of Associates for many years, Abe Pollin demonstrated his strong support for Gallaudet,” said President Robert Davila. “He was a great friend and advocate for the university.”
He was a major philanthropist in the community, paying for affordable housing and endowing a local Boy’s and Girl’s Club. His grandest project was building the MCI Center (now Verizon Center) in 1997 and triggering a renaissance of Gallery Place and surrounding neighborhoods.
Mr. Pollin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Irene Pollin of Bethesda, Maryland; sons Robert and James; a brother; two granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.
(Some information in this article is taken from washingtonpost.com. Full coverage of Mr. Pollin’s life and legacy is available here.)
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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