Robert "Bob" and Virginia "Ginny' Pahl
Throughout his distinguished corporate career in the oil industry, Bob Pahl, BSChE’68, MSChE’70, Ph.D.ChE’74, PDChE’04, contributed to the advancement of refining practices and products as a research engineer and executive with Phillips Petroleum Company and ConocoPhillips. As a proud Miner, he has also given back to Missouri University of Science and Technology in many ways, serving as chair of the Industrial Advisory Council for the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, vice chairman of the Provost’s Engineering Advisory Board, a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers and the Order of the Golden Shillelagh – and an active member of the Miner Alumni Association as a class coordinator.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, where he met Ginny in high school, Bob arrived in Rolla as a freshman in 1964, while Ginny began her studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After their marriage in 1966, Ginny joined Bob in Rolla, where she worked and attended the university part time as a math major. The Pahls have two children, both born in Rolla.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering, Bob joined Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as a research engineer in the hydrocarbon processes division, working on alternative fuels research. Over a 30-year career with Phillips and ConocoPhillips, Bob held numerous positions in research and development, as well as a variety of business unit leadership roles. He retired from ConocoPhillips in 2004 as Manager of Refinery Processes and Products. Missouri S&T honored him with a Professional Degree in Chemical Engineering in 2004.
As a research engineer, Bob authored or co-authored numerous technical papers and spoke at professional conferences nationwide. He also returned to Missouri S&T many times as a guest speaker, sharing his experience with aspiring chemical engineers. A member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society and Society of Automotive Engineers, Bob also served as a Phillips Petroleum representative to the American Petroleum Institute, Petroleum Environmental Research Foundation, Coordinating Research Council and the Auto/Oil Air Quality Improvement Research Program.
Bob and Ginny, who chose a career in health care as an administrator for physicians and dentists, are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh. Ginny currently serves on the OGS Executive Board. They are generous donors to Bertelsmeyer Hall and many other university initiatives, including the Chemical Engineering Development Fund, Chemical and Biological Engineering Scholarship Fund, Miner Alumni Association Annual Fund and Kummer Student Design Center.
After three decades in Oklahoma, the Pahls now live in the Dallas metropolitan area. They enjoy travel, golf, snow skiing, outdoor activities – and spending time with their grandchildren.
Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Bob and Ginny Pahl Family Scholarship, talented students for generations to come will have the opportunity to excel in the study of chemical engineering as Pahl Family Scholars.