|Birth: ||May 17, 1922|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 2008|
Dr. Thomas Claude Pierson, Sr. passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2008 in Savannah, Georgia, where he and his wife had moved to live near family. He was born on May 13, 1922 in Houston, Texas.
Tom earned his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Nebraska, his master's degree from Northwestern University, and his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. During his career as a music educator, scholar, violinist and conductor, he was designated as the official biographer of John Alden Carpenter, an American classical composer whose music blended jazz, ragtime and elements of black folk tunes. Dr. Pierson's career in higher education culminated at Texas A&M University where he retired as professor emeritus.
Dr. Pierson was associate concert master for the Corpus Christi (Texas) Symphony, for whom he also wrote program notes, and was active in the Corpus Christi Swedish Society and Parkway Presbyterian Church. He held memberships in the College Music Society, Music Educators' National Conference, American String Teachers' Association, and the American Association of University Professors. He served in Europe and Japan during World War II.
Dr. Pierson lived a life of peace, humanitarianism, and service. He is survived by his wife, Beth; his children and grandchildren, Tom Pierson, Jr. of Tokyo, Japan, John and Eileen Pierson and their sons Clayton and Tyler of Savannah, and Linda Pierson Veliz and her daughter Emily of San Diego, California; and several nieces and nephews.
As Dr. Pierson specified, his remains were donated to medical science. A memorial service was held on Monday, November 24, 5:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 127 Barnard Street, Telfair Square, Savannah, Georgia. His remains were cremated and the ashes buried at a memorial service on 17 October 2014. Dr. Pierson and his wife were laid to rest together.
The world is a better place because of Dr. Pierson, and he will be missed. May he rest in eternal peace.
Laurel Beth Polhemus Pierson (1924 - 2014)
Lincoln Memorial Park
Created by: SKP
Record added: Nov 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31638274
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