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Retirement of Professor Kathy Pearson

Dr. Kathy L. Pearson received a B.A. from Clemson University in History in 1976, an M.A. from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Medieval English Literature in 1978, and a Ph.D. from Emory University in History in 1990.        

Dr. Pearson joined Old Dominion University as an Assistant Professor of History in 1992, and achieved the rank of Associate Professor of History in 1998.  She wrote a book called Conflicting Loyalties in Early Medieval Bavaria:  A View of Socio-Political Interaction, ca 680-900 (1999).  Her commitment to community outreach was evident in her service as the coordinator of Odyssey:  The Hellenic Cultural Studies Program at Old Dominion University from 1999 to 2002, and her frequent consultation with history teachers in local schools.

From the early 1990s to the spring semester of 2013 Professor Pearson inspired numerous students in her many classes on ancient and medieval European history.  As a student noted in 1993, “both of my parents are teachers, and I know a good teacher when I see one.”  Another student commented on her work last fall:  “Dr. Pearson is one of the few people in the world who is doing what they love to do; it shows every day.”  She won the prestigious Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts & Letters in 1997, and also served as a University Professor of History from 2004 to 2008.

Maura Hametz and Todd Webb hosted a party to mark the occasion on 26 April 2013.