Fred Stark Pearson papers, 1885-1928-05-19


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0.25 cubic ft., 4 digital objects

Fred Stark Pearson graduated from Tufts with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1883 and a Master of Mechanic Arts in 1884. Working for three years as an instructor in mathematics at Tufts, he then became an engineer working for the West End Street Railway of Boston where he helped develop steam-generated electricity to run trolleys. He became a consulting engineer to many railways in the U.S. and Canada. Pearson also consulted for civil engineering projects, including the reconstruction of shipping piers and the improvement of coal handling and mining equipment. In 1899, he got involved in a project developing hydro-electric power for São Paulo and then later for similar projects elsewhere in Brazil, Mexico, and Canada. His final major project was to harness the Ebro River to bring power to Barcelona, Spain. On a business trip, Fred Stark Pearson set sail on the ill-fated Lusitania, and both he and his wife died on May 7, 1915 when the Lusitania sank. He donated frequently and generously to Tufts. Fred Stark Pearson became a Trustee of Tufts in 1900, received an honorary Doctor of Science in 1900, and an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1905.

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