William A. Pollard
Team: Paul L. Maddock ’33 Award

William A. Pollard ’50
Paul L. Maddock ’33 Award
Year Inducted: 2005

Bill Pollard ’50 has been a staunch and loyal supporter of Brown Athletics for decades. The original treasurer of the Brown Sports Foundation in 1983, Pollard currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Brown Hockey Association and the Brown Football Association and sits on the Advisory Committee on Athletics as Vice Chairman. He can often be seen at a wide variety of Brown athletic events, from Monday evening football film sessions to a women’s ice hockey game. 

Truly a family tradition, Pollard’s wife of 54 years, Jeannette, graduated from Pembroke in 1948, while three of their daughters and three of their son-in-laws graduated from Brown.  Three of their grandchildren are currently attending the University. 

Pollard provided the lead gift in the renovation of Meehan Auditorium for which the rink was renamed the Pollard Family Rink at Meehan Auditorium. Additionally, his son-in-law, Murray Danforth ’77, initiated the fund-raising to dismantle Marvel Gym and to build a Rugby Field. 

Pollard’s daughter, Judith Danforth ’77, is an officer and board member of the Brown Sports Foundation, while his other daughter, Wendy Metzger ’81, heads the Singapore Brown Club and is Regional Director of Brown Alumni Schools in Asia and India.

Pollard received his B.A. in Economics from Brown in 1950 and went on to a highly success career in the insurance industry.  He is a past Director of the Provident of Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society.

Pollard spent 25 years with the Reliance Group of Insurance Companies, starting off as a Branch Manager before being promoted to Assistant to the President. He then moved on to become President and was eventually named Chairman and CEO.

A past President of the National Recreation Foundation, Pollard now serves as a Board Member of the foundation, which funded seed money for the Fox Point Gregorian School and for the Community Preparatory School in Providence.

Now retired, Pollard spends winters skiing in Vail, CO and is also an avid sailor.