In the late 1930's, during the Great Depression, Dr. Bill Pasewark's mother applied to the Spencer Corporation to be a corsetiere sales representative. When asked why she wanted the job, she responded:
"I want to earn money so my three children can get a good education."
The formal education of both his parents ceased after elementary school, but their commitment to education and the G.I. Bill of Rights were the springboards for a wide variety of professional accomplishments. Business courses in high school and college developed marketable skills for him to finance Masters and Doctorate degrees.