Alan Pollon, Volunteer, Psychologist

Posted: March 18, 1999

Alan T. Pollon, 58, a psychologist for Pennsylvania Hospital and a longtime emergency-squad member in Lower Merion and then in Willingboro, died of complications from diabetes Sunday at his Marlton home.

Mr. Pollon, a Marlton resident for the last three years, previously lived in Willingboro for more than 25 years.

He was a psychologist for Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia for 27 years until becoming ill three years ago. Previously, he worked for the Drenk Guidance Center in Mount Holly. He was a member of the American Psychological Association.

At age 16, Mr. Pollon became a volunteer with the Wynnebrook Ambulance Association in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia. He served with the squad for nearly a decade and was a president.

His early involvement with first-aid squads was the result of his desire to help during his mother's battle with cancer, his daughter Terri Dyess said. ``He later met his future wife while attending a CPR class,'' she said.

From 1970 until three years ago, Mr. Pollon was a volunteer and a life member with the Willingboro Emergency Squad. At various times he was chief instructor, membership secretary, vice president and president.

As a member of the New Jersey State First Aid Council, he was the 22d District vice president and the Southern Area vice president for more than 10 years.

Earl Richards, a past chairman of the state council's Education and Training Committee, said Mr. Pollon served on the committee for many years. He worked on establishing a system of statewide emergency medical technicians and on having heart defibrillators available on all first-aid squad calls.

``He was a member of the original feasibility study to create paramedics and see how well it would work in New Jersey,'' Richards said.

Mr. Pollon was a founding member of the Memorial Hospital of Burlington County Paramedic Unit and served as a paramedic for more than a decade. He also worked for the Mercer County Mobile Intensive Care Unit.

He had been an instructor for the Burlington County First Aid Academy.

Mr. Pollon was born in Philadelphia and raised in Lower Merion, where he graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1958. In 1962, he received a degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, where was a founding member of the Penn State Jazz Club and the university's radio station. He received his master's degree from Temple University in 1964.

In addition to his daughter Terri, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Shelly Heller Pollon; another daughter, Wendy; his son-in-law, Stephen Dyess; two grandsons; and a sister.

Services were held Tuesday under the direction of Platt Memorial Chapels Inc., Cherry Hill. Burial was in Crescent Burial Park, Pennsauken.

Memorial donations may be made to the Katzenbach for the Deaf Parent Student Organization/Nursery School, Box 535, Trenton, N.J. 08625-0535.

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