Rick Pearson, of Union, New Jersey, was a practicing attorney specializing in litigation of criminal and federal administrative matters.
He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1946, and, after completing his undergraduate work at colleges in North Carolina and Kentucky, he entered law school at the University of Cincinnati in 1971, after spending two years as a college admissions officer.
While in law school, Rick served as the reactivation Justice of Chase Chapter of PAD, District X Conclave Justice, President of the Law School Senate, law school delegate to the University Financial Advisory Board, Managing Editor of the State Bar Association’s Labor Law Newsletter, and member of the Honor Council. For his contributions, Brother Pearson was selected to serve as the commencement speaker to his class’ law school graduation.
Brother Pearson joined P.A.D. on April 28, 1972 and was Chase Chapter’s delegate to the 1972 Convention where he served on the Rules & Resolutions Committee and the Nominating Committee. After graduation, he was appointed District XV Justice in late 1975 and, as a DJ was Co-Chairman of the Rules Committee in 1976 and Credential Committee in 1978. It was at the 1978 Convention in Cleveland that Rick was elected as an Associate Tribune.
At the 43rd Biennial Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Brother Pearson was elected to the IEB as International Marshal. Subsequently, he served as International Historian, International Treasurer, International Secretary, International Advocate, International 2nd Vice Justice and International Vice Justice. At the 50th Biennial Convention in 1994, our brother was elected International Justice, thus becoming our 45th PAD Justice.
During his sixteen years of service on the IEB, Rick served on numerous committees, including Chair of the Endowment Fund Loan Committee, Finance Committee and Tom C. Clark Award Committee. He has also served on the Pre-Law Advisory Council, Convention Ad Journal, District Restructuring and Long Range Planning Committees as well as all Convention standing committees.
Professionally, Brother Pearson has served as legal consultant to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and Federal Hearing Examiner with the U.S. Civil Service Commission in New York. He went into private practice in 1978 and, in 1982, he organized his own “all PAD” law firm in Union, New Jersey, with an emphasis on litigation. Rick also served 10 years as a commissioner on the Elizabeth, New Jersey Board of Zoning Adjustment, including 4 years as its Chairman.
Aside from his “official” duties for PAD, Rick has been involved in a variety of District activities. He has attended more than 45 District Conferences as well as an uncounted number of initiations and chapter functions. In 2000, Brother Pearson served as Chair of the Nominating Committee at the Miami Beach Convention.
On August 7, 2010, Rick was inducted into P.A.D.’s Distinguished Service Chapter – the 21st member out of over 300,000 members to be so recognized.
Our brother has a more than a nodding acquaintance with Robert’s Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedure. So much so that he was tapped to lead a “primer” session at the 2008 Convention for our first time attendees. He also demonstrated his ability to wield a gavel by chairing portions of the business sessions at many Conventions.
Our brother passed away this morning at 4:46am ET. We are advised that there will be no funeral. Cards and messages of condolences may be sent to:
Mr. Nick Pearson
East Hampton, NY 11937
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Phi Alpha Delta International Foundation – for a memorial fund in memory of Brother Fredric H. Pearson.
Rick was one of our members that we could call upon and he would always be there for Phi Alpha Delta. For many P.A.D.s, Rick was their first contact with our Fraternity – and, for many, the reason they joined. Our members and chapters in the northeast United States had the benefit of his proximity and have benefited from his participation in a wide range of P.A.D. activities over the years – and we are all the richer for it. Brother Rick will be missed.