Distinguished U trustee, awarded alumnus dies at 84

George T. Piercy, a trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation, died March 30 at the age of 84.
Piercy contributed $1.5 million to the University during his lifetime.
He graduated from the University in 1939 with a degree in chemical engineering. He went on to work for the company that is now Exxon as a process engineer and became the company’s director in 1966.
During his years with the company, he worked out of offices in London and the Middle East, as well as around the United States.
He served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1996 and received the University’s highest alumni award, the Outstanding Achievement Award, in 1979.
Piercy is survived by his wife, Janet; two daughters, Susan McCarthy and Nancy Murray Christner; and five grandchildren.

— Wire services contributed to this report.

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