By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: November 18, 2018 | 12:30 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – Barbara Pollard, a beloved nurse at Prince George County High School for 20-years, passed away on Friday, November 2. Barbara’s tenure as the nurse for Prince George High School affected the lives of generations of children in the county. Though she retired 14-years ago, in 2004, her kindness and caring still influences the lives of so many that she touched.
Barbara was born in Petersburg, Virginia, on June 11, 1943. She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1961. Barbara went on to graduate from the Stuart Circle Hospital School of Nursing in Richmond. During her 40-year career as a registered nurse, she worked with Stone & Webster, and the post-partum unit of Southside Regional Medical Center. Barbara is no doubt best remembered for her 20-years of service with her Prince George County school family. Both of Barbara’s children, Cathy Cleveland, and Dave Pollard, went on to become teachers at Prince George High School.
“Those that know the Pollard Family, know how truly rare and amazing they are,” said Paula Craft, a family friend. “That undoubtedly comes from the roots planted by Mr. and Mrs. Pollard. Mrs. Pollard has personally touched countless lives of our county’s youth throughout her career as a school nurse, and she will continue to now, through the lives of her two children, who we are so blessed to have teaching at our high school.”
Barbara Jo Kvasnicka Pollard was preceded in death by her father, George M. Kvasnicka, Sr.; her mother, Doris M. Kvasnicka; and her brother, George M. Kvasnicka, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Wayne Pollard, Sr.; her daughter, Catherine Pollard Cleveland (Forrest); her son, David Wayne Pollard, Jr. (Quinn); her grandson, Hayden Jacob Cleveland; her granddaughters, Madison Jordan Cleveland, Blakely Claire Pollard, and Blair Caroline Pollard; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many special friends.
“Our school division was very fortunate to have had Barbara Pollard as a school nurse,” said Renee Williams, Division Superintendent of Prince George County Schools. “She not only took care of the students and teachers at Prince George high school, but she also provided services at the other Prince George schools whenever needed. She cared for all students as if they were her own children.”
Barbara was a life-long member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Virginia, where she served in numerous different capacities throughout the years. She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, cooking, playing bridge with her long-time friends, attending class reunions, and hosting countless family and church gatherings. She was affectionately known as, “Grangy,” by many of her friends.
“Mrs. Pollard was a very sweet, compassionate, and dedicated Nurse at PGHS,” said Jessie Carmichael, PGHS Bookkeeper. “She would always think of others first, such as the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. She had such a kind way, and an ability to see that each person was taken care of in a professional way. She wore the traditional White nurse’s uniform, white hose, and shoes, and you knew she was our School Nurse! She was more than a Nurse to us. She was my friend that I loved. Barbara loved her family and church. She spoke frequently, and I mean every day, of her children, Cathy, and David (who are both teachers here at PGHS). Her grandchildren, and her husband, Wayne. PG County was very blessed to have her at PGHS to mentor so many other nurses and clinical aids. We have truly lost a very special lady, friend, and coworker, but most of all, we have lost our school nurse. She will always and forever be in our hearts.”
According to family and friends, Barbara was happiest when she knew she was helping someone in need. Surrounded by her family and her preacher, she departed this life with the same grace with which she lived it. Always putting others before herself, hers is an everlasting legacy of devotion to her Lord, Jesus Christ, to her family and friends, and of love.
“I would say that Mrs. Pollard was one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever known,” said Beth Andersen, English Department Chair, PGHS. “She performed her work as a nurse with competence and compassion. She always had a smile on her face and was incredibly gracious. After she retired, I was always excited to see her come in as a substitute nurse or for some school function. She will be sorely missed in this life, but she has a beautiful legacy in her children and grandchildren, and will always be remembered at Prince George High School.”
The family of Barbara Pollard would like to acknowledge the special care Barbara received from Southside Regional Medical Center, River View on the Appomattox Health and Rehab Center, John Randolph Medical Center, and Johnston-Willis Hospital. Barbara was blessed to have friends too numerous to mention individually, but the family thanks all of you for your love and support. They also give special thanks to Barbara’s dear friend and neighbor, Janice Crutchfield, and her preacher, Dr. Patricia S. Geerdes, for their steadfast friendship and support.
“Mrs. Pollard’s knowledge and passion had a profound influence on the healthcare of our children in Prince George County Schools,” said Willie L. Elliott, Jr., Director of Gifted, Title I, and MYP, Prince George County Schools. “She was attentive, compassionate, and thorough. She cared deeply for students and staff, and they loved her too. No matter how busy she was, she always found time to check in with you personally. She always made you feel your time with her was “your time.” I consider my work and friendship with her over the years a Blessing, and with fond memories that I will always cherish!”