Mark D. Pearlman, 36, of Seattle, was an American agricultural adviser. He was one of the American victims of the Salvadoran civil war. On January 3, 1981, at about 11:30 PM, Mark Pearlman and Michael Hammer were having coffee in the San Salvador Sheraton Hotel with Rodolfo Viera, a peasant union leader and head of the agrarian reform institute, when two men walked up and sprayed them with bullets from automatic pistols. Hammer and Viera were killed almost instantly. Pearlman died on the way to the hospital. The three men were working on an agrarian reform program for the rural poor.