Pearl David (P.D.) Lott, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Beacon Ridge in Indiana.
He was born July 6, 1917, in Big Run, a son of the late David and Elizabeth A. (Wise) Lott.
Dr. Lott began his education in a one-room country school in Jefferson County, skipped two grades and graduated from Big Run High School. A 1937 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College (IUP), he later earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from Penn State University.
He was certified for the elementary grades and secondary mathematics, social studies and English. He earned certificates as elementary school principal, high school principal and the superintendent’s letter of eligibility.
Dr. Lott first taught in Bell Township in Clearfield County, and then was a teacher, principal and elementary supervisor in Lower Burrel, where he met his wife, Evelyn Koontz Lott, who preceded him in death.
During World War II, Dr. Lott was a technical instructor in the 1389th STU, teaching illiterate draftees. As the war was ending, he became an interviewer of veterans for the Officer’s Separation Center.
He moved to Indiana in 1949 as a supervising teacher in the Keith Laboratory School and later became chairman of the Elementary Education Department. During his tenure, he helped to initiate the first master’s and doctor’s of education degrees in the 14 state college system of Pennsylvania. He retired as professor emeritus in 1979, after 30 years with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Lott was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served as a member of Church Council, teacher and superintendent of the Sunday church school and pianist for the adult class.
He was a life member of the National Education Association and the Pennsylvania State Education Association. He was also a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, Phi Delta Kappa and a social fraternity.
Dr. Lott was interested in nature, reading and teaching about children’s literature, as well as playing the piano and organ.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Susan Maul and husband Alan of Indianapolis, Ind., and granddaughter Laura of Washington, D.C., and Amy Gillan and husband Frank of Lansdale, and grandson Frank and wife Rosette of Bear, Del.
The Lott family includes four generations of nieces and nephews.
He was the last surviving member of his generation.
The family wishes to acknowledge the years of care given by Louise Bowman.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Floyd.
Friends will be received at from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Robinson-Lytle Funeral Home, Indiana, and at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the funeral home.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the funeral home.
Interment will be at the Oakland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.