Curt Pierson, former Sun managing editor, dies

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:27 p.m.

Curt Pierson, managing editor of The Gainesville Sun for seven years in the 1990s, died Tuesday in Warren, Vt.

Family members said Pierson, who was 79, died of prostate and bone cancer, which he had fought since 2010.

Pierson joined The Sun in July 1991 and worked as managing editor until May 1998, when he retired at age 65. During his tenure at The Sun, Pierson served as editor of "Gator Glory," a book published by The Sun that celebrated the University of Florida's first-ever football national championship in 1996.

E. Curtiss Pierson was born in Norwich, Conn., on May 11, 1933. He grew up in New London and Groton, Conn.

Pierson began his newspaper career with The Day of New London, Conn., where he worked for more than 20 years, the last six years as managing editor.

He subsequently served as editor of The Gardner, Mass., News, managing editor of the Bremerton, Wash., Sun, managing editor of the Spokane Chronicle, editor of the combined Chronicle and Spokane's morning paper, The Spokesman-Review, and executive editor of the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y. His next position was as managing editor of The Sun, after which Pierson retired, and he and his second wife, Marjorie Martin Pierson, resided in Senoia, Ga., and in Summerfield in Marion County. Marjorie, whom he married in 1977, died in 2010 in Ocala.

Pierson leaves a daughter, four sons, a stepdaughter, a stepson, 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sister. A second daughter died in 2007.

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