Pochard, Jean a French theologian, was born in 1715 at La Cluse, near Pontarlier. After going through the regular course of studies at Besanon, he was offered by the archbishop of that diocese the direction of the seminary, and Pochard there taught theology for thirty years. He was afterwards appointed superior of the seminary, but the weakness of his health compelled him to resign these functions, as he had already resigned his chair. He died at Besanon Aug. 25, 1786. To him is due the revision of the Missal and Breviary of the diocese of Besanon, printed by order of the cardinal of Choiseul-Beaupre. These works are considered model performances. He had the largest share in the Mithode poumr la Direction des Ames (Neufchhteau, 1772, 2 vols. 12mo) of Urbain Grisot, which has often been reprinted. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, s.v.