The Great Class of 1965

Reggie Pierce


Our Friend


Beloved Friend of the Class of 65
Dies After A Stroke
I just received this following message from Cindy Pierce:
"My father passed away early this morning with all seven of his children, a grandchild and my mom around him. He had a stroke on that Sunday morning you were here followed by a seizure and another big stroke on Monday night. All of us gathered to be with him. Took him off the ventilator yesterday midday but that hardcore old guy breathed well on his own until 2:40AM. Enough for all of us to cry hard, have closure, laugh about so many of his antics and ways. We were all with him and together just how he would have wanted. It was powerful.
Please pass word to any of your classmates who would want to know. The service is at 11AM on Monday at the St. Denis Catholic Church (one of the few non-Catholic people who ranks in the church - classic Reg). No pressure for anyone to come, but please send word to those who would want to know about this."
I hope that one or more of our Hanover area residents might be able to attend the funeral service on Monday to represent the Class of 1965 which has so many fond memories of Reg and of the Inn that bears his name.
I have sent a note of condolences to Cindy. Anyone wishing to contact her may do so at


Hear, Hear...To A
Real Man Of Dartmouth

Give A Rouse!


He Always Remembered Our Class.
We In Turn Will Never Forget Him!


Fellow 65s...

Brian Walsh, Debbie, and I just represented the Class of '65 at Reggie's Memorial Service.  Nancy, Cindy, and the rest of the family thanked us for coming.  The Catholic service itself was complete with Holy Communion, fitting music, and a homily that was all about Reg's uniqueness as "the most positive, giving innkeeper ever." 

After the service, all 200 or so attendees were invited to Pierce's for lunch (Can you believe it?).  The interminable rain stopped, and everyone gathered outside on the sunny lawn at that very special place.
Nancy seems to be doing fine, and wants every '65 who comes to Pierce's in the future, to visit her at the "A-frame" next door (where she proudly displays Brian's watercolor of the Inn).  With that inimitably warm Nancy smile, and with tears in her eyes, she told me the last thing Reg did before his first stroke -- on the weekend of our COVER mini-reunion -- was to bring over Brian's watercolor painting that we presented to him last fall Homecoming. He displayed it on the table in the lounge with a wonderful personal Thank You to the "Great Class of 1965"  He truly loved Dartmouth, loved our Class, and the "Reserved for Class of 65" sign is still over the closet door where his drums and cymbals are stored.
In all, a very touching day with the Pierce family on Dogford Road, Etna, NH.

My Best To Everyone,
Jim Griffiths

From The Greenwich CT Times

Reginald Pierce, 78

August 11, 2003  *  Former Town Resident

Reginald Pierce, 78, of Etna, N.H., and formerly of Greenwich, died Friday, Aug. 8, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.  He died of a stroke.
Born Dec. 24, 1924, in New York City, Mr. Pierce was the son of the late Reginald and Marion Pierce.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1946 and earned a Master's of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School in 1948. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as an executive officer on a PT boat in the western Pacific in 1945.

Mr. Pierce and his wife, Nancy, were married in 1949 and they lived in Greenwich. Until 1971, Mr. Pierce worked as a senior account manager at several New York City advertising agencies. While at Compton Advertising, he served as a senior vice president and as a member of the board of directors.

In 1971, Mr. Pierce and his wife moved to Etna and purchased a country inn. In 2002, they retired as innkeepers and sold Pierce's Inn to their daughter, Cindy Pierce, and her husband, Bruce Lingelbach.

In New Hampshire, Mr. Pierce was a member of the Hanover Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; and seven children, including Reg Pierce III of Valley Forge, Pa., Crawford Pierce of Vail, Colo., Polly Pierce of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., MacGregor Pierce of South Freeport, Maine, Winston Delgado of Durango, Colo., Sarah Beguelin of Concord, Mass., and Cindy Pierce of Etna. He is also survived by a brother, Roger Pierce of Cos Cob, and a sister, Nancy Pierce Williamson of Southampton, N.Y.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. Denis Church in Hanover. A reception following the service will be held at Pierce's Inn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Red Logan Dental Clinic, 747 Hartford Ave., White River Junction, VT.

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