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Gerald G. Pierce M.D.

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ARLINGTON -- Dr. Gerald G. Pierce, a retired ophthalmologist, died at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at the age of 74. He had lived there since retiring in 1990.

He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1956 and did his internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital of the city of New York, followed by two years of service in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy. Three years of residency in ophthalmology at the New York State Eye and Ear infirmary followed a year in basic sciences in ophthalmology at New York University.

Dr. Pierce practiced general ophthalmology in New York City from 1963 until his retirement in 1990. He was on the staff of the New York State Eye and Ear Infirmary as an attending ophthalmologist and adjunct professor of ophthalmology at New York Medical College and associate attending ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member and past president of the New York Ophthalmological Society. Before retiring he was a member of the surgical advisory board of the Ophthalmic Hospital of St. John’s of Jerusalem.

Dr. Pierce was a member of the Racquet and Tennis Club of New York, the PGA Golf Club of Palm Beach Gardens, the Monmouth Boat Club of Red Bank, N.J., Mount Anthony Country Club in Bennington and the order of Saint John’s of Jerusalem.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Belinda, who died in 1992. He was blessed with two stepchildren, Lucinda Jewell (Mrs. Peter Donohoe) and Pliny Jewell IV (Elizabeth Paley) and three step grandchildren all of the Boston area.

He also leaves a brother Thomas (Marilyn) and a sister Charlotte (Mrs. William Lauric) both of the Denver area and six nieces and nephews.

A Latin choral Mass celebrating his life will be conducted at the Holy Ghost Church in Denver at the convenience of the family. Graveside services will be held at the family lot in the Evergreen Cemetery in Arlington on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Bradford Clark, rector of St. James Episcopal Church.

A toast to his life at your convenience would be appreciated. Life is changed, not ended.

Arrangements are under the care of the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home.

To send condolences to the family of Dr. Gerald G. Pierce, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 9, 2005
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