Henry White Pierce passed
away peacefully, at Concordia of
the South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA,
on March 14, 2019, 13 days
before reaching 89 years of age.
Mr. Pierce worked as a writer for
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from
1962 until his retirement in 1992.
He covered science and
medicine and was among the
?rst journalists to write about
HMOs (Health Maintenance
Organizations), DNA research,
organ transplantation, in-vitro
fertilization, and arti?cial
intelligence. Mr. Pierce received
numerous honors and awards
during his career, including six
Golden Quill awards, the Ray
Sprigle Memorial Award for a
series of articles exposing
dangerous conditions in homes
for newly discharged mental
health patients, and the Mental
Health Media Award from the
Mental Health Association of
Pennsylvania. Before joining
the staff of the Post-Gazette,
Mr. Pierce worked as a
science writer for the Cornell
University News Bureau,
Science Service in Washington, D.
C., and as a general
assignment reporter for the
Pierre (South Dakota) Capital
Journal. Mr. Pierce received a
Bachelor of Science degree in
journalism from the University
of Wisconsin in 1956, and a
Master of Arts degree in
psychology from Montana
State University in 1957. Mr.
Pierce enlisted and served in
the United States Army in
Korea and Japan from 1953 to
1955. His four year college
curriculum at the University of
Wisconsin was interrupted by
this military service. Mr. Pierce
was born in Buffalo, New York
on March 27, 1930. He moved
to Youngstown, Ohio with his
family in 1944. In 1950, he left
Youngstown and held various
residences at various times, in
Racine, Wisconsin, Pierre,
South Dakota, Washington, D.
C., and Ithaca, New York. Mr.
Pierce Married Celeste Elliott
Hurst of Buffalo, New York in
1959, and moved to Pittsburgh
in 1962. Mr. Pierce is survived by
his son, Henry Carleton Elliott
Pierce ("Carl"); daughter-in-law
Uneva Fisher Pierce ;
granddaughters, Courtenay
Elliott Pierce and Emily Anne
Pierce; and late wife's son
Mark Thomas Hurst. Services
will be private. Funeral
arrangements entrusted to
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PostedMarch 24, 2019