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North Colonie remembers long-time Shaker High School employee

| October 1, 2015
Majorie Pollack, photo credit: Shaker High School 1995 Yearbook.

Majorie Pollack, photo credit: Shaker High School 1995 Yearbook.

The North Colonie Central School District would like to extend its condolences to family and friends of long-time Shaker High School employee, Majorie Pollack. Pollack worked at Shaker for 36 years, holding the position of receptionist, switchboard operator, and advisor to teachers and principals. Pollack began her career shortly after the high school opened, and as stated in her obituary, “came to know and love thousands of students and hundreds of teachers, never forgetting a name or a face. Everyone calling the school was greeted by Marge’s pleasant voice proclaiming, “Good morning, Shaker High School!”

“No matter who you were, she made people feel comfortable,” said former Shaker High School Principal, Dr. James Jackson, who spent 43 years working at Shaker, many of them alongside Pollack. “Often, many prospective teachers would come in for their interviews and were nervous. She would tell them, “Because you’re here, the interview team thought you would make an outstanding teacher.” Marge did the same thing with students and parents; she always put people at ease.”

“Marge Pollack had the gift of making each person, whether it was a staff member, parent, or student feel respected and important,” added Dr. Peter McManus, a very close friend of Pollack’s, as well as a 30 year veteran of the North Colonie school district. “She had the ability to step into any situation and reduce tensions which may have arisen. Above all, she was a great woman and friend.”

Marjorie PollackPollack was the first person anyone came into contact with when they called the high school under the old switch board system, which was in place until 1997.

On behalf of the district, Superintendent Joseph Corr would like to echo retired Shaker Guidance Counselor, Paul Hooker’s quote: “She was the voice of Shaker High School. When the college admissions personnel called and heard her voice, they knew they had reached the right place.”

“Marge was an exceptional person and overqualified for the job, with exceptional interpersonal skills,” added Dr. Jackson. “She was the kind of person you would want to have the public interact with when they enter your building.”

A gathering in Pollack’s memory will take place at the Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave., Albany, from 4:00 to 7 p.m. this Friday, October 2. Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, 8345 Cypress Hills St., Glendale, N.Y.

For Pollack’s full obituary, click here.

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