Rose Pollack, administrator

Rose Pollack, who had been synagogue administrator at Beth El Congregation, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke. She was 87.

The daughter of Russian immigrants, Rose Nusbaum was born in Baltimore and lived a number of years on Exeter Street before moving to Hilldale Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

She was a 1942 graduate of Eastern High School, and four years later married Sidney Pollack, who owned a delicatessen.

Mr. Pollack, who later established Sid Pollack Inc., which sold home furnishings, carpets and drapes, died in 1968.

In 1962, Mrs. Pollack went to work as a secretary at Beth El Congregation, and in 1977 was promoted to synagogue administrator. She retired in the mid-1980s.

"She was competent and compassionate and cared about people," said a daughter, Randi Henderson of Pylesville, a former Baltimore Sun reporter who is now a freelance medical writer.

Mrs. Pollack, who had lived at Imperial Condominium in Northwest Baltimore until moving to Atrium Village in Owings Mills in 2010, enjoyed reading and was a member of a book club. She also liked to travel with friends and go to the theater and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts.

"Her life mainly centered around family," said Ms. Henderson.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Also surviving is a son, Dr. Alan Ricky Pollack of Rockville; another daughter, Dr. Hilary Pollack of River Falls, Wis.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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