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John Pollock’s legacy grants provide for the training and handling of boats under manual or sail power; public safety education as it affects boating and natural and applied science education, and/or to provide education for young people about boating safety and other marine education programs.
As a very young boy, John developed an interest in ships and the sea and this interest never left him.
John spent two years at sea in the U.S. Maritime Commission’s Cadet Training Program which has since become the Merchant Marine Academy on King’s Point, N.Y.
He started studying at the University of Michigan in naval architecture and engineering at the beginning of WWII. In 1942, failing the vision requirements for the armed forces, he did his part for the war effort by working at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company as a hull draftsman and stress analyst.
John became a longtime Tiffin resident. He was an engineer at Webster for seven years prior to starting his own engineer design consulting business on Riverside Drive. In the evenings he taught engineering math classes at Heidelberg College. He continued his interest in water safety and designed life saving devices and other water safety quipment.