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Irwin Pollack

Irwin Pollack, 95, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on 23 January 2021.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 at 1:30 PM .

Rabbi Nadav Caine officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

There will be a Zoom memorial service (by invitation only) at 11:00 a.m., followed by a private family interment at 1:30 p.m., which will be livestreamed on the Ira Kaufman website.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn Apr. 10, 1925 to Benjamin and Mary Beimel Pollack; died in Ann Arbor, Michigan Jan. 23, 2021. Irwin moved with his family to Miami Beach in his early teens after he contracted rheumatic fever. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida in 1945 and earned his PhD in 1949 from Harvard specializing in psychophysics. His career started as a civilian scientist at the Air Force Operations Lab in Washington, DC and the Cambridge Research Lab in Bedford, Mass. In 1963 he came to the University of Michigan and retired in 1995 as Emeritus Professor of Psychology. Irwin was a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and of the American Psychological Association. His research took him to Japan, New Zealand, China, San Diego and Cambridge, Mass. Irwin and family spent an impactful 15 months in Holland and Cambridge University in the early 1960’s. He was internationally known for his novel approaches to improve the understanding of the human auditory system.

Irwin is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Marcille Kaufman Pollack, his three children Sharron (m. Joe Weixlmann), Phyllis, and Stanley. He was a wonderfully generous and active grandfather to his grandchildren Dave Metz (m. Juliette Wallack), Sarah Metz Krissoff (m. Austin), Seth Weixlmann, Adira Weixlmann (fiancé Tyler Browne), and Ben Weixlmann (m. Brittany) as well as great-grandson Paxton Metz. He was predeceased by his brother Norman Pollack.

Irwin spent much of his post-retirement time being the devoted caregiver to Marcille. They are (life) members of Beth Israel Congregation since 1963. Irwin leaves a wonderful legacy of generosity, wise guidance, kindness, and love with his family.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Irwin Pollack may do so by making a contribution to:

Beth Israel Congregation of Ann Arbor
2000 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 665-9897
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