Joseph T. Pearson Jr.
December 7, 1933 - January 9, 2021
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Joseph T. Pearson Jr West Lafayette – Joseph (Joe) T. Pearson Jr, 87, of West Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Joe was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on December 7, 1933. He was the oldest of the three children of Joe Sr. and Verna Pearson. Joe grew up in New Bern, North…

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Paul and Dorothy Anderson left a message on March 23, 2021:
This is your former Port Jefferson neighbor Paul and Dorothy Anderson. We just saw that Joe has passed away. So sorry to hear that. We remember some good days in Port Jefferson, water skiing, fishing, spear fishing and just picnicking on that little strand of sand in the harbor. We are in Huntington Beach, Ca now. We have 4 Grandchildren that live not too far away. Scott, Cindy and Kari are all in the area also, so our family is close by.
Chris Rearick left a message on March 6, 2021:
I always loved seeing Joe interact with our nursing students. He would question them and often share his Purdue history with them. We will miss him so very much! Sending my love to heaven for this GREAT guy!
Lorraine Briddon left a message on January 28, 2021:
Oh Joe, I will miss your big smile and hug, especially when you and Temple and I got together to watch the debates! Kindred spirits :-) The "funnest" recollection, which I have shared many times with friends, is this: Joe drove to the Purdue Fieldhouse to do his routine walking workout. Living so close, the preferred to shower back at home. So he left the fieldhouse in his old worn workout clothes and as he went by the back of his car - whoa!! Someone had put a BUSH FOR PRESIDENT sticker on this bumper! He had nothing with him but his car keys - kneeling down, he tried to peel, and then to scratch the sticker off by hand, Having no luck, he decided he might try his keys but realized he might scratch up the bumper. It was then that, for some reason, Joe realized it WASN'T HIS CAR ! When I need a laugh, I conjure up that mental image of you, Joe. Bless - I will miss you. Love, Lorraine
Xiulin Ruan left a message on January 22, 2021:
Our sincere condolence to Prof. Joe Pearson's family. Joe had already retired when I started at Purdue, but he kindly joined us in a few Hawkins Lectures and other events in recent years. We greatly enjoyed his kindness and wisdom. He will be dearly missed.
Temple D Pearson left a message on January 21, 2021:
Joe was my husband, father of our childred, a great dad and faithful friend. I miss him so very much.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Kathy Heaphy left a message on January 21, 2021:
Temple and family, so sorry to hear about Joe's death. Temple, let me know if there's anything I can do to help you, or if you just need to take a walk with someone. Love and air hugs to you all. God enfolds you with His love.
Jennifer Hillberry & Mark Page left a message on January 20, 2021:
Sending our sympathy and love to Temple and the entire family. What a great loss for all of you. Praying that all of the wonderful memories you have will comfort you as you grieve.
angela McSorley Walker left a message on January 19, 2021:
Sorry to hear about the death of Joe. We had a good time at New Bern High School Class of 1952 My prayers are with you. God Bless
Dan Williamson left a message on January 18, 2021:
I have fond memories of Joe from our New Bern High School days. Thinking of you Temple and your family during this difficult time.
Frank Dees left a message on January 17, 2021:
Temple - please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I admired Joe greatly. I also had a recent loss in that my brother, Julian Worth Dees, who was in the class of 1951, died on Nov. 30th. It's sad when you're the last one left in your immediate family.
Alfred Bremer left a message on January 17, 2021:
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We were close friends growing up around the corner and Temple down the street, all of us graduating from NBHS in 1952. Hang in there Temp, I know you will come out on top. Alfred
Marcus Bianchi left a message on January 15, 2021:
I was a graduate student at the Heat Transfer Laboratory in the 1990s and had multiple opportunities to interact with Joe and the rest of the faculty during those days. It was such a wonderful time. While there were some good conversations about thermal sciences, I have a personal story to share: Joe was adamant to teach me how to play golf. We would go to the Purdue Golf course together with his clubs and he would teach me every aspect of the game. While he was diligent, it was clear that I did not have the skills necessary to play the game. He never gave up: as recently as September 2019 he was pushing me to buy clubs. Professionally, while working on energy efficient buildings in the national laboratory there were many times when people approached me to talk about Griffin I, the net zero energy home project that he led at Purdue. Temple: we are keeping you your family in our thoughts.
Anne Custer left a message on January 15, 2021:
So sorry Temple. I have so enjoyed all the stories you and Joe have shared with me the past 28 years. We are here if you need anything. Glad you have Aven!
John William Sheffield left a message on January 14, 2021:
Cigdem and I join so, so many in conveying our deepest condolences on your loss. I first met Joe about 40 years at the Winter ASHRAE Meeting in Chicago. From that very first time, it was clear that Joe was the epitome of an outstanding university professor, just by observing his kindness, his empathy and a truly strong focus on building a community of young Purdue engineers. Cigdem and John Sheffield
Satish Ramadhyani left a message on January 14, 2021:
I was a colleague of Joe's in the 80's and 90's. We worked together on a project to study the comfort of car passengers in cold-weather driving conditions. We setup a complete test facility in which a car could be driven on a dynamometer and the whole chamber could be cooled to -30 degrees F. Joe was the leader of the project. He spearheaded all aspects of the construction of the facility and even cast the concrete floor himself! He was a great engineer, a wonderful human being, and a good friend.
Mary Nelson left a message on January 14, 2021:
Temple and family, so very sorry for your loss. I send love and prayers.
Joan Berryman left a message on January 14, 2021:
Oh Temple, So very sorry to hear about Joe. Please know that Carl and I are thinking of you and the rest of your family during this sorrowful time. Peace grant to him Oh Lord and perpetual light shine upon him. Carl and Joan Berryman
Barb Frazee left a message on January 14, 2021:
So very sorry for your loss. Joe was such a kind man and I know his memory will live on as so many loved him. Keeping you in my prayers.
Louis Frankel left a message on January 14, 2021:
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in our thoughts! Love, The Frankels ❤️
Greg Derylo left a message on January 14, 2021:
As a student and TAP alum from decades ago I express my sympathy for the loss of this kind and patient man.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Issam Mudawar left a message on January 14, 2021:
Joe was not only a colleague, but a dear friend. He was blessed with a most gracious personality and spent most of his life serving Purdue's students. He was a truly outstanding citizen of the Purdue family!
Lynn Barrett left a message on January 14, 2021:
What a wonderful tribute to a loving and accomplished man ❤️
Dawn and Dale Samuels left a message on January 13, 2021:
Dear Temple and family, We send our sincere sympathy and share your sadness at the passing of your beloved Joe. The times we spent with Joe during the many "tailgates" he attended are priceless. He was a brilliant man, a real Boilermaker fan and fun to be with. We enjoyed being in his company and he will be missed. May he Rest in Peace and God Bless you.
Colleen and Mike Christman left a message on January 13, 2021:
We are so very sorry for your loss of your JOE. We were blessed to know him, camp with him, hang out with him and watch him burst with pride when talking about all of you. Our world has lost a SUPER MAN; Heaven has gained a SUPER ANGEL!! We imagine Joe and The Donald have already played a few rounds of golf! We will miss your GENTLE MAN, Your Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Friend, Teacher, all are in our thoughts and prayers. We LOVE YOU. Mike and Colleen
Jim Jones left a message on January 13, 2021:
I have been playing gold with Joe for many years in the Purdue Staff league. He was truly a joy to be around. I will miss seeing him.
Brett Groves left a message on January 13, 2021:
I absolutely loved playing golf with you Joe. My condolences to Joe's family and friends, I'm sure our Lord is happy to have Joe come home. Brett
Tisha Atkisson left a message on January 13, 2021:
Your family has my most heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Dad/Husband. You don't know me, but I had the utmost pleasure of helping care for Joe on the day before his passing. It was one of the best 12 hour shifts I've spent with a patient. We spent time talking about family, his work and watching CNN (because the TV didn't get MSNBC). He shared many stories of his beloved Temple and all of his children. I could tell he was so very proud of all of you! He told me about raising Easter rabbits, bird watching, living in New Bern and started a story about squirrels, but we were interrupted by the doctors (darn it!). I can see, now, why he was such a big Purdue fan. He told me he wouldn't hold it against me because I graduated from IU. He said, "That's a good school too". I feel God placed me there with Joe on purpose. I lost my step father (who I was very close to) on Dec.21st and Joe reminded me of him so very much! I wanted you to know he had some one there to hold his hand for the many labs and tests he had that day. He was a great hand holder and each time I was grateful because I wasn't able to do that in the final days in my dad's life. This virus steals so much more than our health... You all were continually in his thoughts and memories that day and I was so blessed to be there. I will be praying for your family in the coming days as you move through this difficult time. It was my honor to meet Joe. I will never forget him.
Scott Keller left a message on January 13, 2021:
Hugs to team Pearson, Joe was loved and will be missed.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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