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Charles Bishop Pearson served as a member of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees from 1960-1972. He quickly became board president in his first year, a position he held for 10 years.
Charlie or C.B., as he is known to many, was born in the Frisco area in a house located where Centennial High School now stands. He began his education at Frisco, but graduated from Plano where his sharecropper parents moved when looking for work during the Great Depression. After graduating from high school, he began a degree in agriculture at Texas A&M College (now University) and served as a member of the Corps of Cadets, before his education was interrupted by WWII.
In 1943, Mr. Pearson left A&M and received a commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He trained as an artillery spotter for the Navy, and was one of the first men ashore when Marines landed on Okinawa. After the island was secured, his superiors selected him to lead the first contingent of Marines to sail into Tokyo Bay to validate the Japanese surrender. After hostilities were terminated, he was assigned to the Chinese theater before his return home for discharge.
Pearson completed his degree in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M College in 1946. After graduation, he returned to the Frisco area to farm and was recruited to teach Vocational Agriculture at Frisco High School. He married Emily Anne Kennedy in 1947. In 1958 the family, which now included four daughters, moved from Plano to west Frisco to start a dairy.
Upon return to Frisco, the Pearsons became active at the First Baptist Church where Mr. Pearson taught Sunday school classes. He was quickly elected to the Frisco School Board and is known for successfully leading the board and voters to make important decisions to expand and improve the small school district. These included passing a bond to build Z.T. Acker Elementary, supporting a school band program, and the vote to desegregate. All four Pearson daughters graduated from Frisco High School.
In 1979, the Pearson family established a scholarship in honor of their youngest daughter, an A&M graduate, who died in a car accident. As a result, the Libby Louise Pearson Scholarship continues to be awarded annually to a deserving Frisco High School senior attending Texas A&M University. The Pearsons retired from actively running the dairy in 1987, but remained active in the community, volunteering at First Baptist Frisco and then Stonebriar Community Church. They also traveled the world, working with missionaries on six continents helping the poor and assisting in construction projects. The Frisco Chamber of Commerce named Pearson the Silver Citizen of the Year in 2011.
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