George W. H. Pierson II, ex-county councilman

November 01, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Staff Writer

George W. H. Pierson II, a former 4th District Baltimore County councilman and savings and loan executive, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 63.

He was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Parkville Federal Savings and Loan Association when he died, positions he held since 1985.

He began his career at the bank in 1957, when he was elected an officer and director of the Globe Building and Loan Association, which was founded by his great-grandfather, George W. H. Pierson, in 1892.

From 1957 to 1967, he was a teller, appraiser, loan officer and secretary and vice president to the association, and, in 1974, he became president. The association merged with three other institutions in 1967, creating Parkville Federal.

He also worked as a group sales manager for Sun Life of Canada, which he joined in 1957. He retired from the insurance company in 1985.

Active in Baltimore County politics, Mr. Pierson was elected to the County Council in 1966.

In 1970, he was removed from the Democratic Party ticket during a bid for the 4th District Senate seat. He was dropped by Dale Anderson, then county executive, after a controversial zoning case involving a gas station at Putty Hill Avenue and Goucher Boulevard in Towson.

Mr. Pierson won the September primary without the support of the Anderson ticket and ran independently for the Senate seat.

"I want to be my own man, not Anderson's," he said. "I want to represent the people of this district, not the county executive. I want to let that gas station die, and I don't want to become Anderson's tool for beating Bishop."

In the general election, John J. Bishop Jr., the Republican incumbent, beat Mr. Pierson by 408 votes. Mr. Pierson again challenged Mr. Bishop for the seat in 1974 and was defeated by 4,897 votes.

Tom Toporovich, retired secretary and administrator to the County Council, said, "I knew George for 30 years, first through the Towson Jaycees and then the County Council. He was a conscientious councilman and a thorough legislator. I can't say anything but good about him."

"He worked hard for his constituents, and he was a very good parliamentarian," remembered former 3rd District councilman Walter Tyrie Jr. of Lutherville. "Any time there was a complaint from a citizen, he was right there to help."

A lifelong Rodgers Forge resident, Mr. Pierson attended county schools and was a 1948 graduate of the McDonogh School. He continued his education at Washington & Lee University, earning a bachelor's degree in business in 1952. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1954 and was admitted to the bar.

While at the University of Maryland, he served in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was on active duty from 1954 to 1956 as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General department.

Mr. Pierson served two terms as a member of the Baltimore County Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board and was a director of the Maryland Savings Share Insurance Corp. from 1983 to 1985.

He was a member of many organizations, including the Boumi Temple, the Scottish Rite, the Greater Towson Jaycees, Rodgers Forge Community Inc., the Greater Towson Democratic Club, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Ocean City Marlin Club. He was a member of the Church of the Redeemer for 50 years.

He was an avid deep sea fisherman and enjoyed fishing from his boat, the Miss Brooke, named for his granddaughter. He set a state record for white marlin in 1980 when he caught a 135-pounder off Ocean City.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Towson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Evander, whom he married in 1955; a daughter, Laura Niana of Baltimore; a granddaughter, Brooke Pierson Joseph of Baltimore; and two brothers, Kirvan H. Pierson Jr. of Baltimore and H. O. MacGill Pierson of Jarrettsville.

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