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A devoted teacher and mentor, Barbara Kouskoulas joined the faculty of Lawrence Tech’s College of Management in 1991. She taught finance and economics until her retirement as associate professor emerita in 2007. She was known to students and faculty alike for her kindness, strength, and patience.

Kouskoulas received her PhD in economics from Wayne State University in 1971 and started her career as an investment manager at the National Bank of Detroit. In the early 1980s, she moved to Athens, Greece, to be closer to her husband while he worked overseas. She worked at the Citibank Officer Training Center in Athens, taught economics at the American College of Southeastern Europe, and spent a number of years as a senior health planner for the Comprehensive Health Planning Council of Southeastern Michigan. During her teaching career, she also taught at Wayne State University and California State University.

Intellectually curious and fearless, Kouskoulas returned to school after her retirement from LTU, taking biochemistry and biology courses in pursuit of a nursing degree.