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Milton Lee Pearson, 79, died Monday, May 5, 2014 of pancreatic cancer.
â€śMiltâ€ť was born May 21, 1934 in Ridgway, son of the late Evan L. Pearson and Helen B. Pearson.
A Ridgway High School graduate, he entered the United States Navy in 1954 and served as a naval photographer aboard the Aircraft carrier, USS Philippine Sea. After an honorable discharge, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology graduating in 1964 with a BS degree in Imaging Science. He worked briefly for Corning Glass researching photosensitive glass products.
In 1965 he joined the RIT Graphics Arts Research Center as a research scientist. Milton was published numerous times in research journal publications in the areas of color gamut reproduction. Until recently, he contributed to research and study by document examiners and government agencies. He received many awards and honors for his contributions to the imaging science industry.
He later became the principal imaging scientist at the RIT Research Corporation. He taught several classes at RIT and served as advisor to numerous students pursuing their masterâ€™s degrees. Milt retired from RIT in 1996. Milton became an avid jogger in the 1970s and logged over 14,000 miles jogging outdoors on the RIT campus. He enjoyed woodworking and photographing nature. He enjoyed traveling as well as being an active member of Atonement Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Zwald; his son, Robert (Susan) of Henrietta, N.Y.; daughters Dora (Don) Loher of Kodak, Tenn. and Nancy (Larry) Atwood of New Port Richey, Fla; and grandchildren Hazen, Benson and Roger Pearson, Paul, Kate and Lee Loher, and Austin Atwood.
A memorial service for Milton Lee Pearson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1900 Westfall Rd. in Rochester, N.Y. 14618.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Visiting Nurse Service, 2180 Empire Blvd, Webster, N.Y. 14580 or to Atonement Lutheran Church, 1900 Westfall Rd., Rochester, N.Y. 14618.
Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, N.Y. 14623, 359-2300, RochesterCremation.com entrusted with funeral arrangements.