(The following message was sent by Jack Pellock's colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University. More details regarding memorials and a full obituary notice will be posted as we receive updates)

It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that I bring you the news that our dear friend and colleague, Dr. John (Jack) Pellock passed away today, May 6, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. He never hid the fact that he was ill, and the example of optimism and enthusiasm for life which he displayed to the end creates an even more profound sense of loss. Jack leaves VCU, the Department of Neurology, the Division of Child Neurology, and the fields of epilepsy and Pediatric Neurology with an enduring legacy that will live on in both his academic work as well as in the neurology residents, pediatric neurology fellows, pediatric residents, and medical students with whom he shared his remarkable knowledge and wisdom.
 
Jack started his pediatric residency at the Medical College of Virginia before completing his Pediatric Neurology fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He returned to Richmond and joined the faculty of the Medical College of Virginia in 1978. He became the Chairman of the Division of Pediatric Neurology in 1995 and served in this capacity for close to twenty years. As Jack's career progressed, he became the Senior Associate Dean for Professional Education and helped to develop and grow the CME programs throughout the Health System.
 
During his career with VCU he received multiple teaching awards and was known nationally and internationally for his research in pediatric epilepsy and epilepsy drug development. Jack participated in many federal and industry supported research endeavors and published over 200 journals articles and 70 book chapters. Among countless honors and appointments, Jack recently served as President of the American Epilepsy Society and received the Epilepsy Foundation of America 2015 Champion of Epilepsy Award. He was an invaluable mentor and his life work and prodigious contributions will be appreciated by the international neurological community for years to come. The epilepsy community will be forever grateful for his tireless efforts to educate his patients, the community, and his peers as well as serving as a strong advocate for patients, families, and the medical community.
 
Through the support of friends, colleagues, former students and residents, the John (Jack) Pellock Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Neurology has been developed to help continue the superb legacy of clinical care, teaching, and scholarly work that Jack so well exemplified. Jack Pellock will live on in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing him.