Jacob Pearce Jr., Legg Mason officer

February 10, 1993

Services for Jacob Myers Pearce Jr., who became an associate vice president of an investment firm after retiring as a major with 23 years of service in the Marine Corps, died Saturday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda of complications of a broken shoulder and cancer.

Major Pearce, who was 70 and lived on Boxmere Road in Timonium, had injured his shoulder in an elevator accident at his office.

He had been associated with the firm now known as Legg Mason Wood Walker in Baltimore since his retirement in 1964 from the Marine Corps.

Born in Galveston, Texas, where his mother's family maintained a home, he was reared there and on My Lady's Manor in Baltimore County, where the family of his father, who was a Marine Corps colonel, had a land grant.

He attended Texas A&M University, the University of Richmond, Franklin and Marshall College and Swarthmore College, all under a World War II naval officers training program. Then he completed the requirements for a college degree at the University of Maryland after being commissioned.

During World War II, he served in China, Trinidad, Hawaii and the mainland United States and also served in the Korean War. Major Pearce was also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg.

He qualified as an expert shot with a rifle and with the .45-caliber pistol in the Marine Corps and once won the California State pistol shooting championship.

The Chapel of the Four Chaplains, originally in Philadelphia and currently relocating near Valley Forge, Pa., gave him its Legion of Honor in 1981.

A member of the Baltimore Bond Club, Major Pearce had served on the board of the Maryland League for Crippled Children, was twice president of the Lions Club of Baltimore and had been a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity since his days at the University of Richmond.

The owner of several thoroughbred race horses, he was a member of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and of the committee for the My Lady's Manor Steeplechase Race.

Services for Major Pearce will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road in Monkton.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Marlys Michel; a daughter, Pamela Pearce Kingsley of Towson; two sons, Thomas Taylor Pearce and John Michel Pearce, both of Timonium; a sister, Maud Pearce Littlewood of Gladwyne, Pa.; and two granddaughters.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Baltimore League for Crippled Children.

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