University mourns loss of professor emeritus

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Longtime Pacific professor and alum, Paul Kohl recently passed away after enduring a long battle with cancer.

Kohl graduated from Pacific in 1980 and became a professor the year after. He was the first teaching fellow in the college of Optometry.

Those closest to Kohl thought of him as a dedicated friend and teacher. Dean of Optometry Jennifer Smythe described him as “an open and caring man who took an interest in the lives of his students and colleagues.”

Smythe also said, “His passion for teaching was immeasurable, and he took that love beyond the classroom, publishing several articles in pediatric and behavioral vision, as well as providing presentations and chairing continuing education conferences for practicing optometrists.”

Kohl received awards for Distinguished Professional Faculty Award, as well as the Pacific University Trustee Award to Young Faculty.

Kohl retired in 2011 and received faculty emeritus status when he did so.

A memorial service is in the works, and more information will be released at a later date.

Kohl is survived by his wife and two kids.


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