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Pearl Kowalski Honored


By  William E. Cleary Sr.

(January 11, 2007)GLOUCESTER CITY NJ ==This past November Gloucester City Board of Education dedicated Dscf4346a memorial garden in honor of Dr. Pearl Kowlaski, a long-time Gloucester City resident who was a teacher at Gloucester City High School in the 50's.  Pearl's family approached the board recently and offered to fund a memorial garden in her honor.  The gazebo was built using an $8,000 grant.

Dr. Mary Stansky, School District Superintendent, delivered the following address at the dedication ceremonies.

"Thank you for coming today, to help us dedicate this Gazebo, provided to Gloucester City Schools through a grant from the American Academy of Dermatology, in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, and to dedicate the memorial gardens that grace this gazebo, in honor of Dr. Pearl Hunsberger Kowalski. 

Our school physician, Dr Carl Vitola, and Academy member Dr. Alex Macaione, Dscf4342sponsored our grant.  We are very grateful for their support. This gazebo will provide not only protection from the sun for outdoor classrooms, but also opportunities for lessons about UV protection for our community.  

Dr. Pearl Hunsberger Kowalski was a long-time Gloucester City resident and known as one of the trailblazers in Women's Athletics in the South Jersey area.  After she graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1947,  Pearl started her teaching career at Audubon HS. She came to Gloucester City as  a H & PE teacher in Fall of 1956.  Pearl also coached the Field Hockey & Basketball teams.  After  two  years, Pearl returned to Audubon to coach until 1959; after which she went on to Glassboro State (now Rowan University) where she taught and coached until she retired from there in 1986. 

Laa_kowalski_2001During here tenure at Rowan, Pearl (photo on left)served as Director of Women’s Athletics at Rowan University, as Head Field Hockey Coach for 20 years, and was an elected member of the Rowan University Sports Hall of Fame. 

Other awards included:

•    1979 – Given the History of Honor Award – by the NJ Assoc of Health & Phys Ed , Recreation and Dance 

•    1986 – Elected to East Stroudsburg University Hall of Fame – Class of ’47, for field hockey, basketball and tennis

•    2001 –Awarded  Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators

Perhaps to truly understand the life of Pearl Kowalski, one only needs to look no further than to her nephew, Joe Tucker.  He wrote, ”Although I cannot be here for the ceremony, I want to assure you of how very important my aunt 's influence was and continues to be in my life.  As a matter of fact I am scheduled to  be in Burlington, Vermont for a two day educational conference  on the 28th and 29th (I live in Southern Vermont). 

It was through her efforts in the late 1960's, while I was in the service, that she wrote and encouraged me to return to school when I returned home. Although, I was not a lover of school as a child, today I hold a Masters with certifications in  ESL, Elementary Education , and Art K-12, in 3 states.   Her influence is in the fabric of my life.” 

We are grateful for her friends and family who contributed to the memorial fund to make this garden possible. May these gardens continue to serve as a reminder of the qualities she embraced and shared with all whose lives she touched."
On March 26, 2005, Age 80, Pearl  joined her beloved late husband, Stephen. Pearl was born and raised in Souderton, PA and graduated from Souderton High School where she excelled in field hockey, basketball and softball. 

She was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and majored in Health and Physical Education. Pearl then received her masters degree and doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia also specializing in Physical Education. Pearl had been a resident of Gloucester City for 50 years. 

Throughout her life, Pearl loved to play tennis. Mrs. Kowalski served as a referee for field hockey and basketball. Pearl served on the board of the New Jersey Education Association, National Education Association, National Coaches Association and currently served as a First Vice-President of the New Jersey Retired Educators Association. 

She was a proud member of the Gloucester City Historical Society where she helped in their ad drive for the annual play. Pearl attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Gloucester City.
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