Gloria Verdell Pierce

Gloria Verdell Pierce Sept. 13, 1929-Mar 20, 2011 Gloria attended the Austin Public Schools and was a graduate of old Anderson High School. She received a B.S. Degree from Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas and was the first African-American woman to receive a Master's degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a certified teacher for the State of Texas. She taught school in Anton Texas, Lockhart Texas and Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas. Gloria was the first Professional African-American Microbiologist employed by the Texas Department of Health Laboratory in Austin, Texas. She had a very long, active, challenging and productive career at TDH. She retired from TDH as the Section Chief of the Clinical Bacteriology Section after 34 years of service, February 1998. Gloria was a certified member of the National Registry of Microbiology Specialists in Public Health and Medical Microbiology and also the American Association of Microbiology. She was a co-author of several papers and articles in the field of Microbiology in Scientific Journals. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and received many awards of recognition from the Bureau of Laboratories at the Texas Department of Health and was published in the America's Who's Who Book of America's Outstanding Women Of The Eighties. Gloria was an active member of Simpson United Methodist Church. I love you and I miss you mom, your loving daughter Gloria Raye. We will all remember you.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 20, 2013