October 23, 1950 ~ March 31, 2023
Born in: Brazil, Indiana
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana
Roy Daniel (“Dan”) Pollom Jr., M.D., 72, of Indianapolis, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2023, peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Dan was born in Brazil, Indiana on October 23, 1950, the son of Roy D. (“Tucker”) and Barbara (“Bobbie”) Pollom. He graduated from Brazil High School in 1969 and was a 1973 graduate of Indiana University – Bloomington, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Dan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 12 years old and in his own words, “…times were different. I was pulled from sports. I felt a little scared and isolated…I redirected my competitive spirit to my school work and becoming a physician.” Dan graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1977 and embarked on what would be a 42-year career focused on providing innovative care to people living with diabetes.
After medical school and completing his residency in internal medicine, Dan practiced in California before returning to Indiana in 1985. He married his wife and best friend, Robyn K. Pollom, at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church on November 25, 1989.
Dan practiced at several Indianapolis hospitals, including Winona and Methodist hospitals, before joining Community Health Network in 1999 where he served as the medical director for diabetes services for the Diabetes Care Center and Indiana Heart Hospital. During this time, he maintained his private practice, Diabetes, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, for 14 years.
In 2012, he was recognized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as a “Hero for a Cure.” In 2013, Dan began the last chapter of his medical career at Eli Lilly and Company as a senior medical advisor in diabetes medical affairs until his retirement in 2021.
Dan was a dedicated volunteer for Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana where he served as medical staff for its camp for children with diabetes. In 2018, he traveled to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as a medical volunteer for Project Hope. His most recent passion was volunteering weekly at Open Door Cafe at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church serving meals and providing fellowship for those in need.
Dan was an avid golfer and boater. He could be found on most nice weekends on a course with his son-in-laws or on his pontoon floating on the lake. In 2022, he was fortunate to take the golf trip of a lifetime to Pinehurst where he and his best buddies enjoyed endless rounds of golf, great food and most of all, so much laughter. He loved to read a good book, the Wall Street Journal, or researching the latest “hot” investment opportunity while kicked back in his chair with their pup Paisley on his lap.
One of his greatest joys was spending time with Robyn and their family at their home on Hilton Head Island. His days there were filled with playing golf, biking with his brother-in-law, and spending time poolside with his grandkids who adored him.
Dan was a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, friend, physician, and colleague. He dedicated his life to putting his family first while also selflessly and faithfully caring for and helping others. All who knew him would characterize him as kind, caring, generous, thoughtful and humble. They would tell you how funny he was, how he fancied himself a sailor, how he enjoyed a good scoop of gelato or ice cream and gifting others with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
If reading this aloud, Dan would stop and say, “I never dreamed it!”- because a catch phrase like this, a silly nickname or a homegrown song was always on the tip of his tongue. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of his family and friends that will never be filled. He left his mark on this world and touched the hearts of so many. His memory will live on in the lives of all those who loved him.
Dan is survived by his wife, Robyn; his five children, Erin Limbach (Jarrod), Jamie Kelly (Matt), Ryan Pollom, Jaime Doehrman (Jacob), and Lauren Willbrand (Jim); his 13 grandchildren; his brother, Dr. Stephen Pollom (Connie) and his sister, Mrs. Ann Weller (Rob). He was preceded in death by his parents, Tucker and Bobbie Pollom.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, with visitation 12p-2p and the service beginning at 2p, at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 418 East 34th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana at https://dyfofindiana.org/donate/ (under monetary donation) or Project Hope at www.projecthope.org.
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.
The staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services
Dear Robyn and Family–
I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s struggles in his last few weeks and his much too early passing. Helen and I enjoyed seeing you both in Hilton Head last year when Dan was finally beginning his “real” retirement. His kindness, warmth and energy were contagious. I am lucky to have known him and I grieve with you all during this difficult time.
What a wonderful person whose legacies are countless- and will live on through all the lives he impacted. Beautiful, fitting tribute.
What a wonderful all around good guy. Dan lived a life of service to his profession, friends and colleagues. The world has lost an awesome contribution to humanity.
Rest in Peace Dan
Dan was a kind and generous soul who lived to help others. I’m celebrating the impact he had during his time on Earth while praying for and mourning with his family and friends who will miss him dearly.
Dear Robyn, family, and friends,
I am so sorry to know of Dan’s passing and send support and strength to you all during this difficult time. Dan had unending positive impact on all around him and especially those struggling with diabetes. Dan provided guidance with a light touch and support with all energy. I am thankful for all the time I had to learn from and be inspired by him. He will be dearly missed and his goodness will continue on in all who enjoyed the fortune to know him.
We love you all. He was a terrific friend and a man of purpose who made life better for so many. We will miss him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Barb Wolanin
My condolences to Mrs Robyn Pollom Erin and the rest of the family, my heart is broken for the loss of a wonderful person, Mr Dan was a kind and generous, always with a beautiful smile . You present will be miss, but he touched our hearts and always I will appreciate it, 💔😢nothing gets better, just a little bit easier, I feel your pain, I love you and I keep you in my prayers 🙏
Rest in peace Mr Dan, will keep you in our hearts forever ❤️
Dear Robyn, family, and friends,
I was so very sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I had the immense pleasure of working with Dan, and I will forever be grateful for the experience. He was always willing to teach and share his knowledge and experience, and his positive attitude and joy were absolutely infectious. Simply put, he made life better, and he will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Sending light and love,
I am so sorry to hear the news about Dan. He was such a good man. He was one of the first colleagues I met when I started my practice and he was so kind and “took me under his wing”. I learned a great deal about the practice of medicine from Dan, but more importantly learned how to be a kind caring Physician by watching him. He will be missed dearly by many many friends, colleagues, patients and others. I will keep you and your family I’m my prayers🙏
Robyn and family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Dan was a beloved, kind and generous friend and I am still in shock of his early departure. I feel blessed that he enriched my life with laughter and the love of gelatos and songs. He will be forever missed…
“ It well may be, that we will never meet again…in this Lifetime…so let me say before we Part…so much of Me is made of what I learned from You! You’ll be with me, like a Handprint on my Heart. And now whatever way our Stories End, I know You have re-written Mine by being my Friend. “
Robin and Family
Dan was my personal physician for many years and annual golfing partner in his Lilly years! May the great memories of his caring helpful ways help with the grief of his loss!
To Erin and Family,
I am so sorry for your family’s loss. After reading about Dan and learning what he did with all his God given talents, I am sure you are all so proud of him, will miss him, and will know what a positive impact he had on your life and so many others he was able to help. May God comfort you during this trying transition.
Learned so much about life and inspired over the years by Dan. So many fun and rewarding times with him. So lucky to have had him as part of my life. Will think of him always and deeply miss him.
Thoughts and prayers for Robyn & family. He was always a kind, good person clear back at Meridian St School where I first got to know him. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
Our path crossed briefly, but the few times we met I could appreciate your kindness, your spirit, your joy that I still carry inside me. We miss you Dan. My thoughts to Robin and family.
Dan was gifted in many unique ways. An immense asset was his capability to radiate joy. People smiled, when he entered a room: “Dan is here”. And that was very good!
Moreover, he was one of the few persons I met in my life, who was not only a gentle man, but truly a gentleman. On a personal base he lifted me up in times when a was fairly sick, sending me funny jokes and serious exchange on disease and death. I took lessons from him, that I will keep in mind for the rest of my life, and so he will never be forgotten by myself. To Robyn and the whole family: you may find a smile through the tears by the great gift of Dan, the man himself!
Hermann Hesse, one of Germanys finest poets wrote more than 80 years ago:
Likeevery blossom fades
and all youth sinks into old age,
so every life’s design, each flower of wisdom,
attains its prime and cannot last forever.
The heart must submit itself courageously
to life’s call without a hint of grief,
A magic dwells in each beginning,
protecting us, telling us how to live.
High purposed we shall traverse realm on realm,
cleaving to none as to a home,
the world of spirit wishes not to fetter us
but raise us higher, step by step.
Scarce in some safe accustomed sphere of life
have we establish a house, then we grow lax;
only he who is ready to journey forth
can throw old habits off.
Maybe death’s hour too will send us out new-born
maybe life’s call to us will never find an end
Courage my heart, take leave and fare thee well.
He was a kind and good friend to all! Barbara Shults McCullough
So sorry, Dan. You were a great person.
Sending deepest sympathies to Robyn, their children, grandchildren and all Dr Pollom’s family and friends.
Without question, his dedication to all people with diabetes was beyond profound, and he gave sonselflessly of himself to all PwD.
Hoping his legacy to the Causes near to his heart will continue in memoriam.
Dan was always a kind and caring man. In working with him at Lilly, he always treated everyone well and was fun to be around. He will truly be missed.
Our prayers are for you during your bereavement. We pray that Dan will rest I. Perfect and Eternal Peace.
Robin and Family,
As I sit here with tears rolling down my face from the news of Dan’s passing, I can remember our times together laughing over silly stuff and sharing a good joke. It was a privilege and honor to work with this kind man who always lightened up my day. My prayers and thoughts go out to each and every family member during this difficult time.
Dear Robyn and family,
I am very sorry to hear Dan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Although Dan and I only worked together for a short while before he left Lilly, he left a great mark on me. His kind, generous words, and smiles in all situations (even sometimes in difficult situations) enriched the people’s lives around him. He will be missed.
So sorry for loss prayers and support to Family
Robyn and Family,
I am so sad to hear about Dan. My prayer for you all is that God’s peace and love comforts you through the pain you’re feeling right now. I also pray he helps you recover and heal, in time, from this heartbreaking loss. Thinking of you all and sending big hugs.
Erica Gabel (Lauren’s Pi Phi Sister)
Thank you so much, Erica. Xo
Dear Robyn & family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dan was such a warm and caring human being and I feel fortunate that our paths crossed at Lilly. He will be missed.
Dear Robyn and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Dan was a true friend for me within the Company. He always was positive and mindful. Friendly and with a good sense of humor. I will never forget the nice time in New Orleans during ADA 2016, he was a great host for us OUS people. And during our time working for Insulin, it was a real pleasure to meet him, always open-minded, helpful and in a good mood. He will be deeply missed. Thinking of you and wish you strength during these difficult times.
Dear Robyn and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Dan was a very special human being with kindness for all. I am so glad for our time together as a team but also, so greatly appreciated Dan reaching out and staying connected. He will be missed.
I am so very to hear of Dan’s passing. I enjoyed meeting him and working along side you both at DYF camp years ago.
He sure left a mark on this earth and his passing with certainly leave a hole. You and the entire family are in my prayers.
God’s speed Dan -rest easy now.
Prayers for he family
My deepest condolences to all!
I had the great privilege of working with Dan @ Eli Lilly in Medical Affairs and he was such a wonderful person with a smile every time I saw him.
Robyn and family:
I am so sad to hear of Dan’s passing. I still talk about you both and how you were always there to help me with so many of my diabetic patients who had no sure way to get the care they needed because they were poor and without insurance. You were magic and ever caring in your generosity, and passion to serve. Dan’s sense of humor always uplifted me, and you were both friends and colleagues I could always rely on. I thought of us as healthcare guerrillas in the service of those who needed us.
May his memory be for a blessing.
Robyn, My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved husband much too early. You and Dr. Pollom were two of my favorite, most respected customers. I’m sad I didn’t get a chance to thank him for the kindness he showed to me 21 years ago when I first met you both. He was tough and he challenged me, but he did so with grace and good humor. May he rest in heaven and may you find comfort knowing what an absolute icon he was in the world of diabetes. Nicki Blazier Dorman (your FreeStyle rep).
Robyn, Erin, and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I enjoyed talking with Dan back in the OYO days and also seeing him around the Lilly campus. Remember all the good times.
Dear Robyn and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Dan was a passionate and committed physician and I know how much he loved all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Dear Robyn, the news of Dan’s death deeply saddened me. The word that comes to my mind when thinking of Dan is love. When he was part of the team, there was fun and joy with work. He had the amazing ability to bring out the best of people. And the best thing was when you both were working together. It was a great privilege knowing Dan. My thoughts are with you and your family in these difficult times, Barbara
I always had good vibes when I was around Dan. My heart goes out to you all.
Dear Robyn and family,
Condolences on Dan’s recent death. His ready smile, his commitment to people with diabetes and his collegiality every time we crossed paths a Lilly are the stuff of special memories for me. I know he will be missed but his legacy will live on.
Dan and I attended school together from the second grade through high school, Brazil High School, Class of 1969. He and his family were always active in school and community affairs. I was so glad we had a chance to reminisce a couple of times over the past year. Prayers for peace and comfort to Dan’s family.
Dear Robyn and family,
My condolences on Dan’s recent passing. I got to know Dan at the various diabetes meetings over the years. He was always so generous and kind, always offering to help out and give advice. He will be truly missed. It was a great privilege to know him.
Robyn, I am so sorry your loss. I have been truly blessed to have seen the amazing care the two of you provided to so many people with diabetes over the years in your clinical practice. Also, the relationship you shared with each other, and your family was an inspiration to me. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dan was such a wise, generous and yet very humble man. From time to time, it was my great fortune to share many far-flung adventures with Dan all over this planet, and what I most valued about him was his childlike spirit, his openness to new experiences and his warm friendship. Like so many others, I will miss him dearly. Go in peace, my friend.
Robyn and family, I was so sorry to hear about Dr. Dan. We will certainly miss his wonderful spirit.
So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was a kind person and will be missed. Condolences to his family. 🙏
Dear Robyn and family,
I am deeply sorry for this heavy loss. Even now looking at Dans photo with the friendly open face and smile makes me feel better. It is seldom, that a person already just by his presence conveys such good spirit. Even a bigger pleasure was interacting with him.
My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. I am sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this.
Dear Robyn and family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Dan will be missed by so many people. He was an extraordinary person, always with smile, calm, generous, thinking of others.
Have Dan and your family in my prayers.
Robyn and Family,
I will never forget how sweet Dan was and how much help and support he gave Robyn and I while we were going to NP school. We would be pulling an all nighter studying for an exam. He would make us coffee, fix us dinner, and help us study. He was even my test patient for our physical exam final. He has the best smile that would just light up the room. Rest in Pease Dan. Praying for God’s comfort for the Pollom family.
God bless this wonderful man! He always charming and fun-spirited. If you met him he loved you as you loved him.
Dan was an amazing human being who always treated everyone with respect. He was my colleague, mentor, friend and bike buddy. Every single memory I have of Dan is a happy one. I always felt better after talking to Dan. I miss him so much.