From a contemporary press report:
Thomas A. Pierce, 84, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and former liaison official with the Agency for International Development, died of renal failure June 26, 2001, at the Fairfax Nursing Center, where he had lived the past two months.
Colonel Pierce, who was born in Binghamton, New York, was an industrial management graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Kite and Key Society and president of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
He served in the Army Transportation Corps in World War II, then worked in private industry before rejoining the corps in 1950. He served in Korea during the conflict there and received a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. He served in Germany, and again in Korea, before retiring from active duty in 1967.
Colonel Pierce then joined AID, where he did liaison work in Washington with the military and the South Vietnamese government. He retired from AID in 1983.
He lived in Falls Church from 1967 to 2001.
He had served as a ruling elder of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church and was a member of Northern Virginia senior softball leagues. His hobbies included fishing and travel.
His first wife, the former Dorothy Stewart Brooks, whom he married in 1943, died in 1969.
Survivors include his wife, the former Delphine Wehrum Smith, whom he married in 1972 and who lives at the Fairfax Nursing Center; three sons by his first marriage, Thomas Jr., of Holden, Mass., Dr. David B., of Scotia, N.Y., and Stewart J., of Clifton; three stepsons, Christopher C. Smith of San Francisco, Peter F. Smith of Tampa and Bradford C. Smith of Oakton; and 12 grandchildren.
PIERCE, THOMAS A.
On Thursday, June 26, 2001, THOMAS A. PIERCE of Falls Church, VA. Husband of Delphine Pierce; father of Thomas Pierce Jr. of Massachusetts, David Pierce of New York, Stewart Pierce of Clifton, VA, Christopher Smith of California, Peter Smith of Florida and Bradford Smith of Oakton, VA. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on August 10 at 3 p.m. at The Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
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