Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Charles G. Pearson Scholarship Fund

Charles Pearson spent 40 years making a name for himself as a highly esteemed journalist and educator. While serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he began his journalism career as a reporter for the Fort Leavenworth News. After his discharge, Mr. Pearson went to work for the Leavenworth Times and attended the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas to obtain his master's degree. He graduated and joined the Topeka Daily Capital as a copyreader and later worked as the city editor for six years. In 1962, he took an editorial writer position with The Wichita Eagle-Beacon and, in 1965, became an editorial page editor. Finally, in 1977, Mr. Pearson came to Wichita State University where he spent nine years as the chairperson of the Department of Journalism. When he stepped down from this role in 1985, he was honored with this scholarship established by friends and colleagues.

Mr. Pearson has touched the lives of many, not only at WSU, but throughout the Wichita community. His volunteer efforts have spanned the Wichita Community Theatre, Sedgwick County Mental Health Association and Wichita InterFaith Ministries. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children and continue to reside in Wichita.