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John William Pearson

John William Pearson, American accountant, educator. Certified National Society Public Accountants; Certified Public Accountant, California. Recipient Top Hat award Southland Club for Business and Professional Women, San Diego, 1980, Achievement awards (four) National Association Counties, 1978-1981.


  • Pearson, John William was born on July 15, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of J. William and Marie (Swenson) Pearson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1963. Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration, University Wisconsin, 1969. Master of Arts in Political Science, University Wisconsin, 1969.

      Postgraduate accounting, Point Loma Nazarene College, 1987.


    • Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1963, advanced through grades to lieutenant, served in various locations, including Vietnam, 1963-1968, resigned, 1968. Legislation and program analyst Office of Management and Budget, Washington, 1969-1973. Member United States Senate government operations committee staff, advisor to Sen.

      Charles H. Percy, 1973-1975. Deputy director management and budget County of San Diego, California, 1975-1982. Assistant professor business, finance and accounting Point Loma Nazarene College, San Diego, since 1982.

      Accountant Marc P. Cohan Certified Public Accountant, since 1988. Owner, manager The Zookeeper Specialty Gift Shop, San Diego, 1982-1984. Co-owner, manager Postal Boxes, San Diego, 1982-1983.

      Instructor management supervision and government San Diego Mesa College, 1981-1985. Management and finance consultant Marsh/Pearson Management Specialists, San Diego, since 1984. Accounting manager Asset Management Consultant, Del Mar, California, 1985-1987.

    Major achievements

    • Certified National Society Public Accountants. Certified Public Accountant, California.


    Volunteer National Unity Campaign John Anderson for President, San Diego, 1980. Executive director San Diego County Charter Review Committee, 1978, San Diego County Border Task Force, 1980-1982. Ruling elder Presbyterian Church, Lanham, Maryland and San Diego, since 1971.

    Served to lieutenant United States Navy, 1967. Member National Society Public Accountants.



    Acting, collecting newspapers, travel, photography, san diego redevelopment and historic preservation.


    • Married Suanne Shrake, June 15, 1963. Children: Courtenay, Darin, Michele.
    • father: J. William Pearson
    • mother: Marie (Swenson) Pearson
    • spouse: Suanne Shrake
    • children: Courtenay Pearson
    • Darin Pearson
    • Michele Pearson
    John William Pearson
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    • 1963
      United States Naval Academy
    • 1969
      University Wisconsin
    • 1969
      University Wisconsin
    • 1987
      Point Loma Nazarene College
    • 1963
      Commissioned ensign United States Navy
    • 1963 - 1968
      Commissioned ensign United States Navy
    • 1968
      Commissioned ensign United States Navy
    • 1969 - 1973
      legislation and program analyst, Office of Management and Budget
      Washington, United States
    • 1973 - 1975
      member, to Sen. Charles H. Percy
    • 1973 - 1975
      advisor, to Sen. Charles H. Percy
    • 1975 - 1982
      deputy director, management and budget County of San Diego
      California, United States
    • 1982
      assistant, Point Loma Nazarene College
      San Diego, California, United States
    • 1982
      finance and accounting, Point Loma Nazarene College
      San Diego, California, United States
    • 1988
      accountant, Marc P. Cohan Certified Public Accountant
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