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1934 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
DANIEL PIERCE Obituary
Pierce, Daniel Former chair of Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Inc., died peacefully on July 4th, 2014 in Maine. Born in Boston on March 18, 1934, Mr. Pierce was the son of Roger and Ruth Eliot Pierce; maternal grandson of landscape architect Charles Eliot, and maternal great-grandson of Harvard President Charles William Eliot. His paternal grandfather, Samuel Stillman Pierce, founded the renowned S.S. Pierce Company. Mr. Pierce graduated from Milton Academy in 1952 and from Harvard College in 1956, and remained involved with each throughout his life. He joined Scudder, Stevens & Clark in 1956, where he remained until retiring as chair; a shrewd financial counselor, he was particularly supportive of education and conservation in keeping with his family legacy. He was a major supporter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and WGBH, and served Brigham & Women's Hospital, the New England Aquarium, the Trustees of Reservations, College of the Atlantic, and American Memorial Hospital in Reims, France. In retirement Mr. Pierce and his wife Polly (May Parker Harding) were active grandparents and travelers. Mr. Pierce conversed as easily with world leaders as he did with friends, finding great pleasure in each and learning from all. In addition to his wife, Mr. Pierce is survived by his daughter, Sara W. Pierce; his sons, Daniel Pierce, Jr. and his wife, Barbara (Hallas), Matthew V. Pierce and his wife, Karen (Day), Samuel Pierce and his wife, Teresa (Schmitt), and eleven beloved grandchildren. A memorial service will take place at 1:30 PM on September 5th at The Memorial Church of Harvard University. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Pierce's memory may be offered to the Trustees of Reservations, 572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915.
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 4, 2014
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