George E. Hearn

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George Earl Hearn
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Member of the City Council (District 3) of Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
1986–1990
Succeeded by Christian D. Cunningham
In office
1994–1998
Preceded by Christian D. Cunningham
Succeeded by Carol Jeukens Cunningham
Personal details
Born (1926-09-21)September 21, 1926
Died September 11, 2010(2010-09-11) (aged 83)
Alexandria
Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gloria Williams Hearn
Children Gail Hearn Smith

George Eugene Hearn (deceased)

Alma mater East Texas Baptist University

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baylor University

Occupation Psychologist

Louisiana College professor

Religion Southern Baptist

George Earl Hearn (September 21, 1926 – September 11, 2010) was, from 1965 to 2000, a professor of psychology at Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, and a former two-term member of the Pineville City Council under then Mayor Fred H. Baden.

Background[edit]

Hearn was born to Thomas Watson Hearn, Sr. (1895–1962), and the former May Peters (1900–1990),[1] who moved to Shreveport, where young George was active in the former Queensboro Baptist Church, located coincidentally on Hearne Avenue and now the African American Bright Star Baptist Church.[2] Hearn attended public schools in Caddo Parish and served as a signalman in the United States Navy during World War II. Thereafter, he began work on numerous degrees and advanced studies at three institutions in Texas: East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, and Baylor University in Waco.[3]

At Baylor, Hearn studied under Dr. E. O. Wood, a former chairman of the psychology department at Louisiana College. The U.S. government, according to Hearn's obituary, selected Baylor to direct research and experiments for the American space program, and Hearn was among those who worked in that endeavor Thereafter, Dr. G. Earl Guinn, as president of Louisiana College, hired Hearn to come to Pineville to develop the LC psychology department. Hearn used manpower and resources available through the Pineville-based Central Louisiana State Hospital for the mentally handicapped.[3]

Hearn was a member of the Louisiana Psychological Association and held the designation of Psychologist Emeritus from that group. He was a former chairman of the State Board of Examiners for Psychologists and the first industrial psychologist in Louisiana.[3] A student of history, He was a former president of the Historical Association of Central Louisiana and was involved in various Alexandria-Pineville preservation projects. He launched the annual Peggy Bolton Lecture Series, named for Elizabeth McClundie "Peggy" Bolton (1917–1987), a regional and state historical preservationist and the first wife of the Alexandria banker, Robert H. Bolton.[3]

Political campaigns[edit]

Hearn served by appointment on the Rapides Area Planning Commission.[3] On May 3, 1986, Hearn, a Democrat, won the first of his two terms on the Pineville City Council from District 3, having defeated Republican Robert A. Corley, Jr., by a 57-43 percent margin.[4] On April 7, 1990, however, Hearn was unseated, 54-46 percent by the Republican Christian D. "Chris" Cunningham (born October 19, 1959).[5] On March 26, 1994, Hearn won the District 3 council seat by a vote of 71-29 percent over fellow Democrat Arthur J. "Bud" Sweeney, Jr., to score a second nonconsecutive four-year term. In that same election, Cunningham was defeated in a race for mayor by Fred Baden, the last term that Baden would serve.[6] In 1998, Hearn was unseated, 55-45 percent, by Republican Carol Jeukens Cunningham, the wife of Chris Cunningham.[7] In 2000, Hearn unsuccessfully opposed, 66-32 percent, the Democrat Clarence R. Fields,[8] a former city council member who became mayor in 1999 and ran for the remainder of the term vacated by Fields's predecessor, Republican Leo Deslatte, Jr. Fields, an African American who is still the Pineville mayor, expressed regret on former rival Hearn's death and said that Hearn had "served the city well."[9]

Death and legacy[edit]

Hearn died at the age of eighty-three in Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was survived by his wife, Gloria Williams Hearn (born ca. 1934), and a daughter and son-in-law, Gail Hearn Smith and Andrew Smith of New York City.[3] Gloria Hearn, a retired Pineville educator, was the Democratic candidate in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District in 2006, having been handily defeated by the incumbent Republican Rodney Alexander of Jackson Parish.[10] George Hearn was predeceased by the couple's son, George Eugene "Gene" Hearn. Services were held on September 18, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Pineville, where Hearn had long been a long-term member. Hearn was also an ordained minister and served on an interim basis at numerous area churches. He is interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville.[3]

At a ceremony in his honor upon retirement from the Louisiana College faculty, Hearn said that he encouraged students to work for the good of man and the glory of God and that he attempted to direct his students beyond the classroom but in their "overall Christian higher education."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Social Security Death Index". ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bright Star Baptist Church in Queensboro". maps.google.com. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Dr. George Earl Hearn". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. September 14, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pineville municipal election returns, May 3, 1986". electionresults.sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pineville municipal election returns, April 7, 1990". electionresults.sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pineville municipal election returns, March 26, 2010". electionresults.sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Pineville municipal election returns, May 2, 1998". electionresults.sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Pineville municipal election returns, October 7, 2000". electionresults.sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "George Hearn, former longterm LC professor and former Pineville councilman, dies at the age of 83". Alexandria Daily Town Talk, September 14, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ Louisiana Secretary of State, Congressional election returns, 2006
Preceded by
District 3 member of the Pineville, Louisiana, City Council

George Earl Hearn
1986–1990

Succeeded by
Christian D. Cunningham
Preceded by
Christian D. Cunningham
District 3 member of the Pineville, Louisiana, City Council

George Earl Hearn
1994–1990

Succeeded by
Carol Jeukens Cunningham