PIERSON--Harry Edwin, 94, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at his home in Manhasset, NY. He was born September 23, 1919, in Philadelphia, to Harry and Mildred Pierson and raised in Allentown, PA. He attended Temple University, where he met his wife, graduating in 1941 prior to entering the United States Army. During World War II, he served as a field artillery officer in the Pacific theatre earning a Bronze Star for his actions in the Philippines. After his discharge from the army, he attended New York University Law School. Graduating in 1949, he had a successful career focusing on commercial real estate, working as an attorney for New York Life Insurance Company, and as an executive of Pacific Coast Properties, W.T. Grant, and W.R. Grace & Co. He is survived by his adoring family including his wife of 70 years, Mae Florence (Lange) Pierson; daughters Ellen Marlin and Elizabeth Casalino; son-in-law James Casalino; grandson Timothy Marlin and his wife Sara; and nephew James Pelzer and his wife Ellen. Funeral services will be at 10am on Tuesday, February 25 at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Manhasset, NY. His wit, wisdom, and loving heart will be dearly missed.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 24, 2014