Leonard Augustus Pierce ’38 died on May 11, 2005, in Falmouth, Maine at Falmouth-by-the-Sea.
Born on October 13, 1916, in Houlton, he prepared for college at Deering High School in Portland and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1938, he owned and operated a potato farm in Houlton, where he also raised horses, dairy cows, and beef cattle. He worked with the Seaboard Paper Company in Bucksport before serving in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War II, attaining the rank of major and being awarded the Bronze Star. After the war, he returned to the St. Regis Company, formerly the Seaboard Paper Company, where he worked as foreman of the sulphite plant screen room and as assistant sulphite superintendent of the bleach plant. Later, he became a manufacturing representative with the St. Regis sales department in New York, assistant to the paper mill superintendent, mill manager of the kraft pulp mill at Howland, a paper mill manager in Kalamazoo, MI, and assistant to the vice president of manufacturing. He joined the Penobscot Chemical Fibre Company as assistant to the president in 1956 and became vice president of operations in 1957. In 1960, he was elected president of the Brown Company in Berlin, NH. In 1966, he was re-elected vice president and became general manager of the company’s woodland division, responsible for management of the firm’s 4,200,000 acres of timberland. In 1968, he became consultant to the James W. Sewall Company, and he was elected executive vice president of that company in 1972. He was a member of the Penobscot Associates Investment Group of Bangor, a director of Key Bank of Bangor and the Dingley Press of Lisbon, and a member of the Maine Harness Horseman’s Association and the New England Horse Show Associates. He was married in 1943 to Helen obituaries Wormwood, who died in 2000, and is survived by a daughter, Susan P. Marshall of Falmouth Foreside; three sisters, Jane P. Kittredge of Falmouth Foreside, Alice M. Pierce of Portland, and Lucia P. Smith of Portland; and four granddaughters.