Reginald S. Pokallus, 85

Reginald S. Pokallus, resident of Hillsborough, New Jersey,

passed away on February 15, 2019, at the age of 85.

The son of the late Herman R. And Helen C. Pokallus, Reginald

was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janice, to whom he

was married for 51 happy years. He is survived by four daughters,

one son, his sister, and many grandchildren.

Reginald was born and lived in Brooklyn before moving with his

parents to Matawan, New Jersey as a child. He attended Rutgers

University, where he earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and

afterwards worked for several decades in research for Johnson &


He was an avid gardener and an accomplished folk art painter.

He loved classical music, fine literature, history, and read

constantly on a wide range of subjects. He spent his last years

watching musicals from his youth, enjoying the dancing of Fred

Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly. No matter many

hundreds of times he watched the same movies, he always

marveled anew at the beauty of dance and sang along,

remembering the words. 'Over the Rainbow' always made him cry

as he sang with Judy Garland. Deeply religious, he was a life-long

Roman Catholic and a member of Mary, Mother of God Church in

Hillsborough. Reginald and his wife made Hillsborough their home

and actively participated in the community and the schools.

He will be deeply missed.


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