WINTERS - Three Winters High School graduates will be recognized for their achievements in life during WHS Homecoming festivities on Friday, October 20. The 2017 honorees are Bailey Mayo, WHS Class of 1954 from Levelland, Barbara Baldwin Pearce, WHS Class of 1964 from Georgetown and Terry Gerhart, WHS Class of 1979 from The Woodlands.

WINTERS - Three Winters High School graduates will be recognized for their achievements in life during WHS Homecoming festivities on Friday, October 20.  The 2017 honorees are Bailey Mayo, WHS Class of 1954 from Levelland, Barbara Baldwin Pearce, WHS Class of 1964 from Georgetown and Terry Gerhart, WHS Class of 1979 from The Woodlands.

Pearce dedicated to service

Barbara Baldwin Pearce was delivered in 1946 by Dr. C. T. Rives in the old Winters Hospital to parents, Margaret and Buford Baldwin.   A lifelong Blizzard, she attended first grade through high school in WISD, graduating in the Class of 1964.  School activities included band, twirling, National Honor Society,and UIL academic competition.

Her lifelong vocation would begin with a candy striper class as a teen volunteer at Winters Hospital. She would go on to graduate from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1967. She would move to Georgetown in 1972 and attended Southwestern University and earned a Bachelors of Applied Science degree 1984.

She has served two terms on the Georgetown City Council and on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Her professional journey included pediatric nursing at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Public Health, Hollis, Oklahoma, Pediatrics, John Peter Smith Hospital, Ft. Worth and Infection Control, Georgetown Hospital as well as a consultant and health educator, primarily doing AIDS/HIV education programs for school districts and healthcare agencies during the 1980's.

She worked for Georgetown ISD from 1990-96 as the social issues coordinator. During this time she was selected to attend the Johnson & Johnson School Nurse Fellows program in conjunction with New Jersey's Rutger's University School of Alcohol and Drug Studies. The program focus was empowering school nurses to be change agents in the field of Drug Prevention.  Barbara taught in the Rutgers, J&J summer program for 10 years.   

 In Washington D.C. in 1995, on behalf of Georgetown High School, she accepted a national Safe and Drug Free School award from the US Department of Education for exemplary drug prevention programs demonstrating success in reducing drug and alcohol use among youth in Georgetown.

She has been married almost 50 years to Richard Pearce, a retired family practice physician, the family includes daughters, Sara and Amber, son in law, Joe Sullivan, and two grandchildren in GISD schools, Emily and Aiden. Other family includes brother Bill Baldwin (WHS Class of 1970) his wife, Kristen of Tyler and nephews, Alex, Matthew, and Kevin as well as numerous cousins, most of whom grew up in Winters.

She is retired, but serves as a founding member of Seeds of Strength in Georgetown and is a member of the Georgetown ISD’s Citizens Advisory Committee. She has won numerous awards including the John P. McGovern Award from he Texas School Health Association, the Georgetown Partners in Education Harry Gold Award of Excellence, the Georgetown ISD Lead, Grow, Serve Award. In addition, three scholarships have been endowed in her name by the Georgetown Project Board beginning in 2018.