David Pierce was one of the great ones. An icon among community college folk, David was able to see with the vision of a prophet. He calmed troubled waters with his steady, affirming manner and gave courage to those who otherwise might have been tempted to give up their fight for justice. Always ready to share the credit and ever the first to take the blame even when it was not deserved, David Pierce taught me much of what I know about what it is to be a man. My condolences go out to all those who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace.