Donald E. Pierce

Class of 1938 / Inducted 1973 / Men's Track & Field

Donald Pierce was a four-year letterwinner on the Wasps’ track & field team. A standout pole-vaulter, he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1973.

His senior year, Pierce set a school record with a vault of 12 feet and ½ inch, a record which was very nearly broken by his younger brother and fellow Sports Hall of Fame Member, James Pierce.

In addition to track, Pierce also lettered one year in football and was a member of Phi Gamma Phi social fraternity and Phi Gamma Mu education fraternity.

Pierce served over two years in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant during World War II in England, France, and Germany. After returning home, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 37 years, retiring in 1972 from his position as Superintendent of Mails. Additionally, Pierce was the owner of a small business in his hometown of Bramwell, West Virginia. An active Kiwanis Club member with 42 years of perfect attendance, he was twice honored as Kiwanian of the Year in Bramwell.

Donald Pierce died at age 76 on August 7, 1991.