Edgar C. Pierce, former director of the news and publications department, died Jan. 9 at the age of 89.
Pierce had a 40-year career in live television production, broadcast advertising and public relations, and was a charter member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. He began volunteering with the Tournament of Roses Association in 1961, served as a committee chair for several years and was made an Honorary Life Member in 2003.
Ron Simons, associate vice president for special projects at Cal Poly Pomona, says Pierce was a significant contributor and team player.
¿I first met Ed while he was involved with the Tournament of Roses and became so impressed with his demeanor and skill set that I encouraged him to apply for a position at Cal Poly Pomona,¿ Simons says.
Pierce also volunteered as an advisor to the Rose Float program, helping to generate news coverage. While working at the university, Pierce met his wife, Peg. After retirement from Cal Poly Pomona in 1989, the couple moved to Cambria.
Pierce is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Jackson; six children, Susan DeVaughn, Gwendolyn Welles, Laurie Pierce, Lisa Pierce, David Pierce and Debbie Pierce; stepson Michael Whittington; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Peg in September 2010 and previous spouses Olive Mae in 1982 and Delores in 1983.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cambria.