David Pearson remembers Peg

I knew Peg episodically not continuously. We worked together on big projects spread out over two or three decades. Two were book projects with Catherine Snow and Susan Burns (Preventing Reading Difficulties and Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading. Also a couple of advisory committees, the names of which have escaped me. But in each professional encounter, you won’t be surprised to learn that we worked together intensely (I don’t think Peg had any other work speed!). She truly lived in the Zone of Proximal Development; she was a master scaffolder who knew as much about what scaffolding to withhold as what to offer. A mentor to so many she knew and worked with, including colleagues as well as students. Our paths crossed only occasionally, but each encounter was profound, rewarding, and memorable. I was left those sessions a little smarter and feeling better about myself as a human being—mainly due to her three endearing attributes: Super Smart, Wickedly Funny, and a Grand Human Being. I will not soon forget her. None of us will.
P. David Pearson

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