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Pfeiffer University mourns the loss of two emeriti faculty members
- Published on Monday, March 11, 2013 ( 2:44 pm )
Pfeiffer University mourns the loss of two beloved former faculty members, Daisy L. Cotton, professor emeritus of English, and Janet W. Pickler, professor emeritus of speech.
Mrs. Cotton, whose tenure at Pfeiffer was from 1954-1985, arrived at Pfeiffer Junior College after teaching in-service courses in Iredell and Montgomery counties for public school teachers as well as working as an assistant professor at Mars Hill College. She earned an associate’s of science degree from Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, N.C., in 1939 and a master of arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1951. In 1998, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Dr. William D. Cotton, who was a professor emeritus of history for Pfeiffer University.
A memorial service is planned for Sat., April 13, 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 126 W. North Street, Albemarle, N.C. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mrs. Cotton’s memory may be made to Pfeiffer University or First Presbyterian Church.
Her professional affiliations included membership in Alpha Delta Kappa, Association of American University Professors, Modern Language Association and Children’s Literature Association. In her community, she was active with First Presbyterian Church of Albemarle as a Sunday school teacher and choir member and also as a member of the League of Women Voters, Stanly County Chorale, Home Extension Club and a garden club on Pfeiffer’s campus.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law who are Pfeiffer alumni. They are Dr. William D. Cotton, Jr. ’69 (Bill) and Connie Combs Cotton ’71, of Charlottesville, Va., and J. Andrew Cotton ’71 (Andy) and Ruth Stanhope Cotton ’71, of Albemarle, N.C.
Mrs. Pickler, who taught at Pfeiffer from 1960-1996, held a bachelor’s degree in education from Geneseo State Teachers College, Geneseo, N.Y., (1956) and a master’s degree in speech pathology from Michigan State University (1960). For a time, she taught speech correction and audiology in Michigan at the State School for the Deaf.
Service to her community included teaching Sunday school at Kendalls Baptist Church in New London, representing Stanly County in the state legislature (N.C. General Assembly Rep. 32nd District) during the 1970s, serving on the Stanly County Board of Election as a member and chairman, volunteering for Meals on Wheels as well as for Stanly County Hospice, which honored her in 2000 as volunteer of the year. She also served as president of the Pfeiffer Women’s Club. For her service to the state of North Carolina, Mrs. Pickler was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. In addition to being an avid bridge player, she was an accomplished stained glass craftsman.
Mrs. Pickler is survived by her husband Eugene Pickler, who has taught Economics at Pfeiffer since 1961. Other survivors include daughters Audrey Barringer of New London, Sara Pickler of Albemarle and Eva Pickler of Johnson City, Tenn.; grandchildren Rachel Barringer, Garrett Barringer and Christina Barringer; and brother John E. Wirth and sister-in-law, Sue, of Buffalo, N.Y.
Gifts made in Mrs. Pickler’s memory may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, N.C., 28001 and Rowan County Hospice & Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, N.C., 28144.
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