Dwight W. Pierce, Jr. ’46

Dwight W. Pierce, Jr. ’46 died on April 29, 2008, in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Born on February 22, 1924, in Manchester, N.H., his family moved to Bath, Maine, and he prepared for college at Morse High School there. During his freshman year at Bowdoin, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, he was drafted and served in the 8th Army Air Corps in Britain in World War II. He was a commercial casualty and bonding insurance broker with the John C. Paige/Fred S. James Insurance Company of Portland and its successor companies until his retirement in 1989. He was an avid golfer, tennis player, reader, and a passionate alumnus of both Morse High and Bowdoin. His service to his class included chairing his 55th reunion. He was active in Rotary, the United Way, and other civic organizations and clubs, and he served as chairman of the Cape Elizabeth School Board for many years. He married his childhood sweetheart Norma Steussy in 1945; she died in 1972. In 1973, he married Nancy Moses Beecher, who survives him. He is also survived by two daughters, Polly Morgenstern of Durango, Colo., and Abby Oppenheim, of Valencia, Calif.; a sister, Mary Hill of Topsham; two step- children, Bruce Beecher of Scarborough, Maine, and Mary Ann Saxby of Buxton, Maine; four grandchildren; three step- grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; three nieces; and numerous cousins.