Anthropologist; university professor. Born– April 27, 1923, Brooklyn, N.Y. Parents– George Martin and Anna Laura (White) Pearsall. Education– University of New Mexico, B.A., 1944; University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., 1950. Taught at the University of Arkansas, 1950; research fellow at Rhodes Livingstone Institute, British Central Africa, 1951; University of Alabama, 1952-1956; post doctoral social science resident, Russell Sage Foundation, 1956-1958; rural sociologist at the University of Kentucky, 1958-1964; professor at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, 1964-1983.  Member of many professional organizations, including the American Anthropological Association, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society for Medical Anthropology.  Consultant to many organizations, including the Frontier Nursing Service and the Hunter Foundation for Health Care.  Editor of Human Organization, 1966-83. An authority on the rural South and on the development of health care systems.  Died June 15, 1984.


Who’s Who in America, 1982-1983; Obituary by Robert Straus, American Anthropology, vol. 88 (2).


Klamath Childhood and Education. Berkeley, Calif.; University of California Press, 1950.

Little Smoky Ridge. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1959.

Medical Behavioral Science; a Selected Bibliography of Cultural Anthropology, Social Psychology, and Sociology in Medicine. Lexington, Ky.; University of Kentucky, 1963.


The Talladega Story. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1954.

The Anthropology of Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lexington, Ky.; University Press of Kentucky, 1969.


The papers of Marion Pearsall are held by the library at the University of Kentucky.