Former Schoolteacher Leaves Nearly $450,000 to College
October 19, 2005 -- Patricia Ann Pierce '53, a retired public school teacher, left enough money to the College when she passed away earlier this year to establish an endowed scholarship in her name for $449,022.
Pat spent her life in service to others. She was a single woman who taught first and second grades for 40 years, 38 in a Covina public school. She bought her home up the street from the school so she could be near her students.
Her service didn’t stop with her teaching. She volunteered for many years at the Intercommunity Hospital, where she helped with fundraising and was president for two years of the Intercommunity Hospital Guild. She proudly wore her 2,000-hour service pin. She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma and the American Association of University Women.
Pat’s life included many friends, with whom she especially enjoyed traveling to her favorite destinations--Australia and New Zealand, the east coast of the U.S., Hawaii and Alaska. Most of Pat's estate is to be divided among Mount Saint Mary’s University, Intercommunity Hospital, and a local hospice where a dear friend had received loving care in her final days.
"Our gratitude is on behalf of the innumerable Mount students who will benefit from Pat’s shrewd investments and generosity of spirit," said Milania Austin Henley '54, the College's director of Planned Giving.