Barbikay B. Bissell Pohl

Barbikay B. Bissell Pohl, 74, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Las Vegas, Nev., widow of past UNT President Norval F. Pohl, died Aug. 27. She excelled as a student both in academics and music and went on to become a professor. She taught computer science at Texas Woman’s University when the Pohls were in Denton from 1999 to 2006 and also taught in Arizona and Nevada. She was involved in education at many levels, teaching at high schools and community colleges as well as universities, and later earned certification as a Montessori instructor. Outside of teaching, she was a soccer coach, hockey scheduler, scout leader and animal lover. She spent a great deal of time with her children and grandchildren and is remembered as a devoted, no-nonsense and selfless person. After receiving both a kidney and a liver transplant, she was deeply grateful for the care she received at the Mayo Clinic and spent much of her time volunteering there. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Arizona and a master’s in finance and Ph.D. in education from Arizona State University, where she met fellow doctoral student Norval. He died in 2009.

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