Dawsie Pierce


Dawsie Pierce, 90, passed away at home on March 2, 2020. She was born Aug. 24, 1929, to Maude Theodora McGuane Pierce and Franklin M. Pierce in Massachusetts and attended high school in New York. She received her Baccalaureate of Science from Purdue University in 1951 and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1965. She taught and did research in numerous states and taught medical school in the Caribbean and biology at Westfield State College in Massachusetts.

It is hard to describe the many interests of her life: She was a world traveler with many trips across Europe, South America, Russia and Asia. She was extremely knowledgeable in both human and animal physiology and contributed to research in botany, genetics and of female athletes in the Munich Olympics. Other interests and hobbies of hers were becoming an award-winning gardener, avid genealogist for her family and historian for the historical societies of both Orland and Bucksport as well as synchronized swimming, playing tennis, canoeing and enjoying the outdoors. She loved all things music and was a trombone player for the Brewer Hometown Band. Dawsie was a dedicated volunteer of many charitable organizations including food pantries, Habitat for Humanity, Birdsacre/Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary and other animal sanctuaries including counting turtles in Baja, Calif., and worked with teams after Hurricane Katrina, as well as being a patron of many nonprofit groups.

Dawsie was preceded in death by her parents, sister Francine Pierce Sullivan and brother John Pierce. She is survived by sister-in-law Shirley Pierce; nieces and nephew Allison Pierce, Joan Pierce, Kathy Sullivan Pipes, Lynn Sullivan Gargan, and George Patrick Sullivan, and several grandnieces.

At Dawsie’s request, there will be no service. If anyone wishes to make a donation in memory of Dawsie, please consider Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary in Ellsworth, the Bucksport Animal Shelter or the Historical Society in Orland or Bucksport.