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Pierce, Marjorie Patterson, 1891-1984
Marjorie Patterson Pierce (1891-1984), J1911, was the first female to receive a Jackson diploma after its segregation from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1910. Pierce, a Somerville native, transferred to Jackson in 1910 from the University of West Virginia at Morgantown. Her younger brother Richard had enrolled at Tufts the same year, and her father, Charles Henry Patterson, was himself an alumnus.
Pierce, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, studied literature and foreign languages while at Tufts. After graduating, Pierce taught in West Springfield, Massachusetts, before returning to Morgantown. There, in 1915, she married Herbert S. Pierce. Later, the couple moved to Vermont, where Pierce was active in local community affairs. Pierce served as a trustee at Orleans County Hospital and was a member of the Lydonville Daughters of the Revolution and the Fortnightly Club. Pierce died on February 21, 1984, in Vermont.
Source: TC Spring 1984
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