Jay F. W. Pearson

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Jay F. W. Pearson
2nd President of the
University of Miami
In office
Preceded byBowman Foster Ashe
Succeeded byHenry King Stanford
Personal details
Born(1901-05-07)May 7, 1901[1]
DiedAugust 8, 1965(1965-08-08) (aged 64)[2][3]
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh (A.B., M.A.)
University of Chicago (PhD)
ProfessionMarine biologist, administrator

Jay F. W. Pearson (May 7, 1901 – August 8, 1965) was a marine biologist and university administrator, serving as both President and Chancellor of the University of Miami.[4][5][6][7][8]


President of the University from 1953 to 1962 and a charter faculty member of the University as a marine biologist, Jay F. W. Pearson was recruited from the University of Pittsburgh and succeeded Bowman Foster Ashe as President. Pearson ushered in a decade of growth for UM. During his presidency, UM awarded its first doctorate degrees and ended racial segregation. Enrollment increased by more than 4,000 during his tenure. He spearheaded the university's desegregation and over 70 African-American students enrolled for the first time.[9] Pearson was named Chancellor after retiring as President.[10]

Works or publications[edit]

  • Florida and Its University of Miami, New York: Newcomen Society in North America, 1958, OCLC 921957
  • Record of a Tegesta Burial Mound in Palm Beach, Florida, S.l.: s.n., OCLC 6991889
  • Studies on the Ecological Relations of Bees in the Chicago Area, n.p., OCLC 380511908
  • Studies on the Ecological Relations of Bees in the Chicago Region .., Durham, N.C., 1933, OCLC 36676521
  • The Cephalopods of the "Arcturus" Expedition, 1926, OCLC 40618609


  1. ^ Thompson, Michael (May 11, 1958). "At The U-M 2000 Guest (sic) Attend Party". The Miami News. Miami. 8D.
  2. ^ Tucker, William (August 9, 1965). "U-M Mourns Chancellor Pearson". The Miami News. Miami. 1B.
  3. ^ "Dr. Jay Pearson, 64, Miami U. Chancellor". The New York Times. New York City. August 9, 1965.
  4. ^ "Recruitment letter from Ashe to Pearson". Retrieved November 30, 2009.
  5. ^ "Education: Growing Up in Miami". Time Magazine. June 23, 1961. Retrieved November 30, 2009.
  6. ^ "History". miami.edu. Archived from the original on February 18, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "Jay F.W. Pearson Scholarship". Retrieved November 30, 2009.
  8. ^ "Pearson Residential College". Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "Alma Mater, Stand Forever". news.miami.edu. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Finding aid author: unprocessed. "Guide to the Jay F. W. Pearson Files". Prepared for the University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, FL. Retrieved April 19, 2014. This article incorporates text from this source, which has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 and GNU Free Documentation license.