Alice R. "Kitty" Pierson

  • Born: September 15, 1929
  • Died: November 24, 2020
  • Location: Lincoln, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Alice R. "Kitty" Pierson of Lincoln, Massachusetts, formerly of Englewood, NJ, died Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at her home after complications following hip surgery. She was 91 years old and was surrounded by family at the time.

Born Alice Winthrop Roberts in Princeton, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Sylvia and Thomas Roberts. She was nicknamed "Kitty" from birth. Her father was a successful oilman in Oklahoma, and later the founder and CEO of an early technology company, ASCOP. Her mother was a homemaker and sparkling entertainer at their home on Hodge Road in Princeton. Kitty grew up there and graduated from Wellesley College in 1951. Shortly after graduation she married Fred Dunn, a Harvard-trained physician and tropical-disease specialist. Her husband's work took Kitty across the country and around the world, from Great Britain to California to Malaysia. She had two children, Alice and Eric Dunn, who survive her.

After Kitty's first marriage ended in divorce, she married a childhood friend, Dr. Richard N. Pierson, who survives her. Kitty had a lively time raising Alice, Eric, and Dick's children from a previous marriage: Robin Pierson, Olivia Jacobs, Alexandra Griffin, and Cordelia Pierson. Their first big adventure was a six-week bicycle trip across southern France, camping in farmers' fields and getting to know each other.

Kitty was keenly interested in nature and conservation, and served many roles at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, NJ where she and Dick settled in 1974. In 1984 they built a house on the rocky coast of Great Cranberry Island in Maine, next to her brother and sister-in law, Owen and Janet Roberts. Kitty devoted many years to supporting island life, through creating affordable housing and other needs. A ferocious tennis player, she won numerous titles at the island's annual tennis tournament, "Wimbleberry."

Kitty lived a life of outdoor adventure, spending her summers as a child in Red Lodge, Montana and later camping with her family in the Adirondacks, the Canadian Rockies, and other remote places. She loved to hike, and completed her last ascent of Acadia National Park's near-vertical Precipice Trail at the age of 80. She taught her children how to ski, swim, use power tools, arrange flowers, cook over a campfire, push their boundaries, and to be kind to others. She was an avid reader who loved a good conversation over a jigsaw puzzle by a merry fire, her ubiquitous cup of tea by her side.

Services private

Donations in Kitty's honor may be made to:
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Ave
Englewood, NJ 07631
Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid
PO Box 27
Cranberry Isles ME 04625

Condolence & Memory Journal

The Gursha family was so sad to hear of Kitty's passing. I have fond memories of visiting her and her husband Dick in Lincoln, MA. Debra Gursha for the Gursha family

Posted by Debra Gursha Gursha - NORFOLK, MA - Friend   January 04, 2021

Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Simone Taylor    December 10, 2020

Dear Dick,
She was such a vital person and I'm sure you will miss her sorely. Best wishes for the future, Newt Gresser

Posted by Newton Gresser - FALMOUTH, MA - Friend   December 07, 2020

There was never a dull moment in Kitty's interesting life. She was an admirable woman.
Martha Baskett

Posted by Martha Baskett - Columbus, OH   December 05, 2020

What wonderfully full and adventurous life she had!
Carolyn Kingston

Posted by Carolyn Kingston - Belmont, MA - Friend   December 04, 2020

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