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Dr. Ronald E. Pearson, '66 and Dr. Joanne Pearson, '64

Joanne Miller Pearson graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1964 with a BS in Home Economics Education. She grew up in Charlton, MA, the daughter of John C. (UMass 1940) and Laola S. Miller. Upon graduation she taught home economics at West Springfield Senior High in West Springfield, MA. After three years of teaching she began graduate work at Iowa State University, where she received an MS in 1969 and a PhD in 1971. In 1985 she completed an MS in Human Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Tech. She and her husband, Ronald (UMass 1966), have lived in Blacksburg, VA since 1979. Her employment history includes work as a home economist for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Hyattsville, MD, Assistant Professor-Part Time in Home Economics at Hood College in Frederick, MD, Assistant Professor in Vocational Technical Education at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA and Associate Professor in Health Sciences-Dietetics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She spent the academic year 1994-95 on Faculty Leave at Wageningen Agricultural University in Wageningen, the Netherlands. She was promoted to Full Professor and retired in 1998. Following retirement she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University in Chisinau, Moldova in 2001.

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