William "Bill" Pearson

Oct. 2, 2014

William "Bill" Christopher Pearson (BS Elec Egr '82) died in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 25, 2014, after a lifelong battle with juvenile onset diabetes. He survived his last 25 years thanks to the incredible generosity of a family that donated their teen-aged son's kidney following a family tragedy.

He was born June 19, 1960, in Detroit, and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1978.

He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 1982. Upon graduation, he was recruited by IBM and moved to Vermont where he met his wife, Constance Palmisano. He built a rich life which included travel, theater, poker, antiquing and rooting for the Detroit Lions. In 1996, after earning them a patent, IBM asked Pearson to help set up a design center in Silicon Valley. During his last years, he was employed as senior design engineer at Ericsson Corp.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Rachael, and granddaughter, Natalie, of San Jose; and his daughter, Kelli, and grandson, Parker, of Vermont; and others.

His memorial service was Oct. 12 at Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills in Los Gatos, Calif.

Donations may be sent directly to the American Diabetes Association or his personal tribute page: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlwaysandForever?pxfid=701673&fr_id=5720&pg=fund

 

William Christopher Pearson
June 19, 1960 – Sept. 25, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Bill Pearson passed away at age 54 from complications related to a life-long struggle with Type 1 diabetes. Bill was a kind, selfless man with infinite courage and a laser wit. Bill was born in Detroit, MI and attended Escanaba High School. In 1992, he graduated from Michigan State University where he majored in electrical engineering and minored in history.
Upon graduation, Bill was recruited by IBM and moved to Vermont where he met his wife, Constance Palmisano. He built a rich life which included travel, theater, poker, antiquing and rooting for the Detroit Lions. In 1996, after earning them a patent, IBM asked Bill to help set up a design center in Silicon Valley. During his last years, Bill was employed as senior design engineer at Ericsson, Corp.
Bill and his buddies spent Fridays playing poker; on Sundays, they watched football. Off-season, he and his wife travelled; including annual trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A highlight of their travels occurred at the end of a visit back to New England when Bill decided at the last minute to cash in plane tickets home to San Jose, buy a Dodge convertible, and he and Connie drove a convoluted route from Vermont back to California in 6 days. Bill's greatest joy was his family, whom he loved unconditionally. He is survived by his wife, his daughter Rachael and his granddaughter Natalie of San Jose, and his daughter Kelli and grandson, Parker of Vermont.
In Michigan, Bill is survived by his mother, Nancy; sister, Lisa and her husband Dave; nephews Frank and Andrew, and his niece Anna, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill was pre-deceased by his father, Charles "Bill" Pearson and brother, Andrew Pearson, both of whom died from diabetes-related issues.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030. In lieu of flowers, you're invited to give to the

in Bill's memory. Donations may be sent directly to the ADA or made via Bill's personal tribute page: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlwaysandForever?pxfid=701673&fr_id=5720&pg=fund
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William Christopher Pearson
June 19, 1960 – Sept. 25, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Bill Pearson passed away at age 54 from complications related to a life-long struggle with Type 1 diabetes. Bill was a kind, selfless man with infinite courage and a laser wit. Bill was born in Detroit, MI and attended Escanaba High School. In 1992, he graduated from Michigan State University where he majored in electrical engineering and minored in history.
Upon graduation, Bill was recruited by IBM and moved to Vermont where he met his wife, Constance Palmisano. He built a rich life which included travel, theater, poker, antiquing and rooting for the Detroit Lions. In 1996, after earning them a patent, IBM asked Bill to help set up a design center in Silicon Valley. During his last years, Bill was employed as senior design engineer at Ericsson, Corp.
Bill and his buddies spent Fridays playing poker; on Sundays, they watched football. Off-season, he and his wife travelled; including annual trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A highlight of their travels occurred at the end of a visit back to New England when Bill decided at the last minute to cash in plane tickets home to San Jose, buy a Dodge convertible, and he and Connie drove a convoluted route from Vermont back to California in 6 days. Bill's greatest joy was his family, whom he loved unconditionally. He is survived by his wife, his daughter Rachael and his granddaughter Natalie of San Jose, and his daughter Kelli and grandson, Parker of Vermont.
In Michigan, Bill is survived by his mother, Nancy; sister, Lisa and her husband Dave; nephews Frank and Andrew, and his niece Anna, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill was pre-deceased by his father, Charles "Bill" Pearson and brother, Andrew Pearson, both of whom died from diabetes-related issues.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030. In lieu of flowers, you're invited to give to the

in Bill's memory. Donations may be sent directly to the ADA or made via Bill's personal tribute page: http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlwaysandForever?pxfid=701673&fr_id=5720&pg=fund
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercurynews/obituary.aspx?pid=172735250...