Alson Ford Pierce

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Dr. Alson F. Pierce, an anesthesiologist and long-time resident of Colorado Springs, passed away on November 27, 2015. He was 99 years old.

Alson was born on May 26, 1916 in Coopers Plains, New York to Frank and Nellie Pierce, and he grew up on his family's farm, attending high school in nearby Painted Post. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Michigan and obtained an MD degree from Syracuse University in 1942. Alson completed a medical internship at City Hospital of Manhattan in New York City before entering the Navy and serving as medical officer aboard the destroyer USS Greer which patrolled the Atlantic Theater during World War II. After the war, Alson returned to California where he met Anne Faulkner, a Naval nurse, at Shoemaker Naval Base. They were married in 1946. He went on to complete a residency in anesthesia at Colorado General Hospital in Denver before being recalled to active Naval duty for eight months during the Korean Conflict. Alson and Anne then settled in Colorado Springs where he raised his family and practiced anesthesia for over thirty years. An active outdoors enthusiast, Alson became a member of the AdAmAn Club in 1967 and completed 33 winter ascents of Pikes Peak with the Club. His last climb was at age 79. Alson and Anne were long-time members of the First United Methodist Church. In his later years, he compiled a series of life story memoirs and had them published under the title False Summit.

Alson Pierce was preceded in death by his wife Anne Faulkner Pierce and by a son, Gerry Pierce. He is survived by his children Phil Pierce of Pueblo West, Harriet Anderson of Plano Texas, Sarah Reeder of Colorado Springs, and Mary Anderson of Paris Texas. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Brookdale Village at Skyline in the Assisted Living Multi-purpose Room on December 19 at 1:30 PM. Alson requested that in lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to .

Published in The Gazette on Dec. 13, 2015
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