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PEARL, Mary Jeanette

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  • Date of Birth: July 16, 1900
  • Born City: St. Johns
  • Born State/Country: MI
  • Parents: Orsamus Merrill & Margaret Armour P.
  • Date of Death: February 16, 1966
  • Death City: Williamsburg
  • Death State/Country: VA
  • Education:

    B.A. U. Toronto, 1922; M.A. U. Michigan, 1923; Ph.D., 1937; study at AAR, 1924-7; 1930-1.

  • Dissertation:

    "Bronzes of Herculaneum and Pompeii" (Michigan, 1937).

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof, to prof. Gk. & Lat. Sweet Briar Coll., 1928-65; actng. dean, 1948-9; dean, 1950-65; prof. anc. langs., William & Mary, 1965-6; reader for. lang. publ. survey of OSS, 1942-5.

  • Notes:

    Mary Pearl's career was devoted to teaching and administration, both of which she accomplished with unusual skill. At her death the New York Times called her "one of the nation's foremost teachers of Latin and ancient Greek." Her dissertation resulted from her participation in the excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii and was completed the year before that of her brother, Orsamus Merrill Pearl, who stayed to make his career at Michigan. She had hoped to return to teaching at William and Mary following her retirement, but she died within the year.

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (17 Feb. 1966) 33; WhAm 5:560.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.