Charles & Margaret Pollak*

Charles & Margaret Pollak*

donor plaque
Charles & Margaret  Pollak*

The late Charles A. Pollak, honorary bba '76, was the son of a commercial printer and was raised in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1931 and joined his father in the printing business. He established General Luminescent Corporation and Pollak Luminescent Corporation, luminescent phosphor manufacturers, in Chicago in 1936. His experimentation with different printing techniques for advertising printing led to patents for invisible printing inks, instant drying printing ink, fluorescent coating of glass and cold cathode florescent lighting and lighting fixtures. In 1958 he became president of Concut-Mid America, Inc. and later became president of Concut, Inc. of El Monte, Calif. He took over the presidency of All Phase Color Corporation in 1964 and retired in 1975. Pollak and his wife, Margaret, who died in 1990, established the endowment fund at Washburn in honor of their son, James David Pollak. He died before graduation from Washburn but was awarded a degree posthumously in 1965. Each year, one student from business, theater and art is selected to receive an award from the Pollak fund. Pollak passed away January 23, 1993.