Thomas W. Pierce was selected by the Town Council as the recipient of the Pittsfield Spirit of America Award for 2014 in April. The criteria for the award was “impact, compassion, intensity, longevity and recency” for the volunteer efforts. Tom’s commitment to the community, region and State certainly exemplify these criteria over the decades which Mr. Pierce has served the area.
The Sprit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that was established in Augusta, ME to promote volunteerism. For the last several years, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo County events were held and the Spirit of America Tribute was presented in the name of nearly 100 Maine municipalities. The group expanded into Somerset County in 2012 and has promoted the program to the Somerset County communities. Pittsfield decided to participate in 2012 and chose the Pittsfield Food Pantry due to its reach to so many people over such as a long period of time. For the second year of the program, the Town Council chose Bud Jones in 2013 for his dedication and commitment to the community for over 50 years.
For the third year, we are proud to honor Thomas W. Pierce for his dedication to the community and the Town in his chosen profession of service and more recently for his years of service on the Board of Appeals.
Dr. Pierce attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy graduating in 1955. Dr. Pierce arrived in Pittsfield and opened a practice on October 15, 1970. Tom had a general medical practice in Pittsfield and was on the medical staff of Sebasticook Valley Hospital for many years. After Dr. Pierce retired, he, along with Dr. John Dow and Dr. John Crane staffed a free clinic one afternoon a week in Hartland. Tom was a member of the Sebasticook Valley Community Band which has played wonderful music for the enjoyment of the region’s citizens for many years. Dr. Pierce joined the Town’s Board of Appeals on October 21, 1998, providing counsel and practical experience at Board of Appeals Meetings. Dr. Pierce continues as a member of the Board of Appeals today.
We hope that everyone can drop by our meeting on May 20 to congratulate Dr. Pierce for his volunteerism and community spirit. Dr. Pierce received his certificate from the Town on April 30, 2014 and we would like to make sure that his family, friends and former patients can participate in honoring Dr. Pierce.