Known by family and friends as “Vi,” Violet Setsuko Pollock M.A. ’75 was active in many civic and religious activities. She was a member of the Democratic Party and campaigned for the rights of senior citizens and public education. She served as an ombudsman for seniors, negotiating the social security system. She was also a strong advocate of Asian American concerns, women’s Issues, and women’s reproductive rights. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, UC Berkeley, and SCU, Vi was also known as “Mrs. Burch” before 1976 and then as “Mrs. Pollock” after 1976 when she married her second husband, David A. Pollock, a detective with the San Jose Police Department. Vi had a career as a juvenile probation officer and later as a public school teacher (38 years) with the San Jose Unified School District. She also volunteered regularly at the Yu-Ai-Kai senior feeding program in Japantown in San Jose. She was also active at her church, serving as a eucharistic minister and as a lector. She enjoyed fellowship with her friends in the Young Ladies Institute (YLI), a Roman Catholic philanthropic organization. She also actively supported the Sisters of the Holy Family in Mission San Jose, as they had cared for her three children when she was an independent divorced mother in the 1960s. Recently, she also supported the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and their work with social justice ministry. Very active in her retirement, Vi was an avid gambler who enjoyed twice monthly trips to Las Vegas for slot machine or blackjack tournaments and had diamond or platinum status at all the casinos between Reno, Nevada, and Las Vegas. She enjoyed a good concert or magic show as much as a buffet dinner. She also enjoyed world-lass traveling and taking an occasional cruise, especially if there was a casino on the ship. At age 85, she passed away in her home on July 9, 2018, as she was preparing to leave for a slot machine tournament in Las Vegas. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene T. Burch-Heinzig, an animal rights advocate and life coach of Kihei, Maui; her eldest son, Charles J. Burch, a retired biochemist; grandson Lukas Burch, an LGBTQ+ youth rights advocate of Vallejo, California; and her youngest son, Kyle E. Burch, a reverend and university articulation officer at California State University, and his husband, Kyle Lye, a software engineer of San Jose. Vi is preceded in death by her second husband, David, and was interred with him at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose on July 16, 2018. 

08 Nov 2018