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Patricia Margaret Cowan Pearson ’49

Patricia Margaret Cowan Pearson ’49, June 24, 2006, in Portland, from pancreatic cancer. Pat received a BA from Reed in mathematics. She and David P. Pearson ’49 were married one week before commencement. Following his career in chemical research and teaching, they lived in Corvallis, Oregon; Los Angeles; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Bartlesville, Oklahoma; before returning to Portland. Pat earned an MA in mathematics from Oregon State in 1951, worked as a pension actuary for Standard Insurance, and she also taught mathematics on the high school and community college levels. She was a Fellow of Society of Actuaries. Recreational activities included mountain climbing, skiing, backpacking, fishing, sailing, and travel. She was also involved in church and volunteer activities. Survivors include her husband, four daughters, including Kathryn A. Pearson ’77, Kristine Pearson-Denning ’83, and Judith G. Peason ’84, her son, and seven grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2006

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