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Pauline Rock, MD

April 17, 2020


Pauline Lothrop Tilton Rock, M.D., age 96, died April 17, 2020, in Jackson, NJ. She was born in Raceville, NY in 1923, daughter of a Methodist minister. 

In 1930 her dad passed, and she, her mother and her little sister, then lived in Maine until moving to NYC in the mid 30's, so her mother could go back to school at NYU. She told stories of saving a nickel her mother gave her for the subway ride to school, walking instead, and using it to go to the movies on Saturdays. 

She loved walking across the Brooklyn Bridge by herself on a Saturday, or hearing baseball games sitting on her stoop across the park from Yankee Stadium. She went to The High School of Music & Arts in NYC and Graduated from Bates College. 

She was a church organist and piano teacher. As a divorced mother of one son, she worked as a medical technologist in Worcester, MA. She then attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, now Drexel, graduating in 1966. She moved to NJ in 1968 where she completed her residency in pathology. She was also an Associate Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. 

She retired from Jersey Shore Medical Center at the age of 72. She moved to Manteo, NC in 1996 where she enjoyed singing in the choir and attending bible study at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. Pauline loved to travel and went on many travel adventures with her sister Jean & her brother-in-law, Don. 

She is survived by her son, Paul (Melissa) of Howell NJ; her sister, Jean Smith (Donald) of New Harbor Maine; grandchildren, Jarad (Ying), Dylan (Jordan), Sean and Hailey; great-granddaughters, Lydia and Maeve; and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in the Harrington Cemetery in Pemaquid. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to New Harbor United Methodist Church, 8 South Side Rd, New Harbor, ME 04554. 

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting:



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Private Interment

Harrington Cemetery, Pemaquid
275 Harrington Road
Pemaquid, ME 04558

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