Everett A. Pearson
Everett A. Pearson
Hometown: Seekonk, MA
Team: Football

Everett A. Pearson '55
Hometown: Seekonk, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1983

Everett A. Pearson '55 is perhaps best remembered as the halfback who broke through Princeton's vaunted line and raced 40 yards in the closing minutes to lift Brown to a thrilling 21-20 Homecoming victory over the Tigers in 1954. "That's the way it sometimes is in sports," Coach Al Kelley said recently. "People remember an athlete for one big play. That's particularly ironic in Ev Pearson's case because the staple of his greatness was his consistency and his all-around ability. He was a fine two-way halfback who started all three varsity seasons and who combined good speed with superior balance. Ev was the best blocking back I had at Brown and probably had more long runs than any other back in the decade of the 1950s. On defense, he was an excellent pass-run reader, had quick reactions, and was a sure tackler. On top of it all, Mr. Pearson was the leader of that great 1954 team, both on the field and off." Although he lived in Seekonk, Mass., Everett Pearson attended Pawtucket East high, where he played halfback for three years, captained the team his senior year, and gained second team All-State honors. The 5-10, 175-pound halfback had a good sophomore year at Brown, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and leading the team in ground gaining. In his three year career, Pearson scored 82 points, including 58 in his senior year when he captained the team. Coach Kelley feels that this 1954 eleven was one of his best. In a nine-game schedule, the club finished 6-2-1, with only a 26-24 loss to Yale and a 19-14 upset by Temple depriving the Bruins of a perfect season. A second love in Ev Pearson's life has been sailboat racing. In 1962, he was a member of the crew of Burgoo, which came in first in Class E and second in the fleet in corrected time in the annual Newport to Bermuda race. Everett and his cousin, Clint '53, organized Pearson Corp. of Bristol, a firm that pioneered in the use of fiberglass as a marine construction material and which was later taken over by Grumman Allied Industries. The former halfback turned author in 1965 with a much-praised book, The Lure of Sailing. He and Ginny (who was no slouch as a sailor herself and has two Adams Bay Elimination victories to prove it) live in Warren, where Everett is president of Tillotson-Pearson, Inc., a company best known for its sailboats.