78S20427 JHS-D

By:  McClendon                                                    H.R. No. 209

WHEREAS, The passing of Dr. Juanita George Pierce on August 23, 2003, at the age of 90 brought a great loss to the family and friends of this revered educator, and it is indeed fitting that we pay tribute to her life at this time; and WHEREAS, Born October 15, 1912, in Colorado City, Dr. Pierce was raised in Fort Worth and attended I. M. Terrell High School, graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1929; although she had completed her requirements for graduation a year earlier at the age of 15, she stayed on as a volunteer typing and Spanish teacher before pursuing higher education; and WHEREAS, Three years later, this dedicated and motivated woman graduated cum laude from Fisk University in Nashville; shortly thereafter, she married Joseph A. Pierce, who preceded her in death and with whom she shared 36 joyous years; together they taught at Wiley College in Marshall and Atlanta University in Georgia before establishing themselves at Texas Southern University (TSU); and WHEREAS, Dr. Pierce earned master's and doctoral degrees in health and physical education from New York University; she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, an archousa of Sigma Pi Phi Boule, and an inductee into Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education; and WHEREAS, A noted advocate of education for women, she was the founder and longtime head of TSU's Women's Department of Health and Physical Education and was a fixture on the TSU campus for many years; she was a devoted member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church and enjoyed spending time with friends and neighbors and playing bridge with the ladies of the Five O'clock Bridge Club; and WHEREAS, Juanita George Pierce was a woman of integrity, honor, and intelligence, and although she will be missed by all who knew her, her spirit will live on through her legacy of success and through the many individuals whose lives she touched; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature, 2nd Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the life of Dr. Juanita George Pierce and extend sincere sympathy to the members of her family: to her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Joseph A. Pierce, Jr., and Aaronetta Hamilton Pierce; to her grandsons, Michael Arthur Pierce and Joseph Aaron Pierce and his wife, Kama Bethel Pierce; to her great-grandchildren, Marco, Jasmine, and Julian Pierce; and to the many other relatives and friends of this esteemed woman; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Dr. Juanita George Pierce.