FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—During dedication ceremonies Jan. 11, the new Birmingham-Southern Sports Hall of Fame Room was named for the late Theodore B. “T.B.” Pearson, longtime superintendent of education in Washington County and a 1926 graduate and former student-athlete of the college.
The T.B. Pearson Sports Hall of Fame Room, which adjoins the south side of Bill Battle Coliseum on campus, was constructed through gifts from college supporters and houses photos and biographical information on the 135 former Birmingham-Southern athletes, coaches, teams, and supporters inducted into the BSC Sports Hall of Fame since 1981.
Pearson was a former baseball player and coach at Birmingham-Southern who was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. While a student at BSC, he also was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa and Kappa Phi Kappa honoraries, and was elected to the student senate for three years.
Born in Womack Hill, Pearson spent his early years in Mobile, before moving to Leroy in 1911. He graduated from Washington County High School before enrolling in Birmingham-Southern in 1922.
After graduating from Birmingham-Southern, Pearson returned to Leroy to organize Leroy High School's first football team. In 1932, he was elected superintendent of education in Washington County, a position he would hold for 33 years, having been re-elected a record seven times. He also found time to coach a girls basketball team at Chatom High School, which did not lose a game for four seasons.
“Few graduates of Birmingham-Southern lived more fulfilling or successful lives as T.B. Pearson,” said Joe Dean, Jr., the college's athletics director. “He touched many lives in many ways over the years. It was his influence over one of his student-athletes during his days as a football coach at Leroy High School that ultimately resulted in financial support to build and name the Birmingham-Southern Sports Hall of Fame Room in his memory.”