Dr. Fran Pearson Endowment Established

Dr. Fran Pearson, Fayetteville, AR has made a commitment of $100,000 through the proceeds of an IRA, to the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University to benefit The Dr. Fran Pearson Discretionary Fund in Math and The Dr. Fran Pearson Discretionary Fund in Physics.

The purpose of these funds is to honor Pearson and provide financial assistance to the physics and math departments at K-State.

Pearson, raised in Moorestown, NJ and Manhattan, KS, attended K-State from 1957-1959. While at K-State, Pearson was a Putnam Scholar, played string bass in the orchestra and was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon honorary mathematics society. She graduated in 1960 from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She completed her medical degree in 1965 at the KU medical school, became board certified in Internal Medicine and practiced medicine in Texas for 30 years. Although retired, she continues to volunteer at the Free Clinic in Fayetteville.

Pearson is a member of the Presidents Club, a KSU Foundation philanthropic leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State, and the Land Grant Legacy Society, an organization for those who have included K-State in their estate plans.

“We are appreciative of Fran’s commitment to further enhance the college’s goals,” said Stephen White, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Her philanthropic support will be seen in the day-to-day activities of our students and faculty.”

Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation. The foundation manages fundraising efforts with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to secure private support for the university.

Courtesy: KSU Foundation