In Memory

Pat Polich (LatinTeacher/Counselor)

This was in the Oregonian today.  Polich, Patrick Joseph 90 Mar. 17, 1926 Jan. 14, 2017 passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 from congestive heart failure at Providence St. Vincent Hospital with his family at his side. He was 90 years old. Born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1926 he was raised by his parents, Ante and Eva Polich with older brother Bob and younger sister Theresa in N.W. Portland's Slabtown. Patrick attended St. Patrick's Grade School and graduated from Benson High School. He served our nation in the Navy during WWII in the Aleutian Islands before receiving a History Degree from the University of Portland in 1949, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Oregon. Patrick married Patricia Wray Nov. 8, 1952 at St. Patrick Church and soon welcomed son, Joseph and daughter, Joanne. He spent his career teaching and counseling high school students, spending 28 years at Sunset High School. In retirement, Pat and Patricia enjoyed their grandchildren, many trips to Hawaii, Palm Desert, Cruises and Las Vegas. He loved the warm weather and a casino close by. A deep root in the Croatian community brought many family and close friends together throughout the years. Patrick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia; his son, Joseph Polich (Kay Lynn); daughter, Joanne Corrigan (Kelly); grandchildren, Katie Berglund (Erik), Molly Corrigan (Fiance Matthew Biller) and Michael Corrigan; great-granddaughter, Gwen Berglund; and his brother, Robert Polich from Richmond, Va. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. - See more at:

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01/18/17 04:42 PM #1    

Mark Dodson



I had Mr Polich for three years of Latin.  He had a great sense of humor and an ability to convey not only the words of Caesars letters to Rome but the historical context in a way that made even Latin come alive. He also inadvertently taught us a lot about the Croatian community in Portland. He was an enduring spirit so I am not surprised to learn that he lived to 90 years.  He will be missed. A real gift to those of us who had him as a teacher. Mark Dodson




01/19/17 02:47 PM #2    

Betty Hutchinson (Flad)

I had Mr. Polich for three years of Latin.  He even convinced me to help lead the "Latin Club" one year as president.  He was a great teacher, able to make a very boring topic interesting and funny.  I remember his kindness, his patience, his encouragement and his humor.  He was one of my favorites at Sunset (we were fortunate to have so many great teachers in those early years of SHS).

Betty Hutchinson Flad

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