Duane Pearsall Collection

Description

This collection includes business and personal records of Duane Pearsall, developer of the home smoke detector. Records of Statitrol, the smoke detector company Mr. Pearsall founded, plus records of committees and organizations promoting Small Business, are part of the collection. Also included are prototypes and models of smoke detectors. Mr. Pearsall was a strong supporter of WPI's Fire Protection Engineering program. He was a charter member of the Fire Protection Engineering Board of Advisors, and in 1980 provided the financial impetus to help support the program by offering to match any gifts up to $10,000 to the program for five years.

Mr. Pearsall was named Small Business Man of the Year in 1976, and "Fire Protection Man of the Year" in 1980 by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He received an honorary doctorate from WPI in 1996. He was the first recipient of the Center for Firesafety Studies Herrick Drake Commemorative Award in 1987, and was presented with the WPI Presidential Medal in 2004.

Social Bookmarking

Comments

Duane D. Pearsall documents
The Duane D. Pearsall manuscript collection MS055 at WPI, includes business and personal records of Duane Pearsall, developer of the battery-powered home smoke detector. Records of Statitrol, the smoke detector company Mr. Pearsall founded, plus…

Pearsall images
The Statitrol Corporation newsletters were an effective communication tool that created a channel for employees to learn about new developments, and it was also used to recognize high achievers and employee milestones throughout the company.

SBA Congratulatory Award Notes and Letters Scrapbook
This group of items for an exhibit is a scrapbook assembled by Pearsall with special memories of congratulations from friends, family and business associates, in letters, cards and personal sentiments.