He was 79.
Allan F. Pierson of Warren, VT, his son, attributed death to prostate and bone cancer, which his father had battled since 2010.
Pierson began his newspaper career with The Day of New London, CT., where he worked for more than 20 years, the last six years as managing editor.
He then served as editor of The Gardner, MA., News, and managing editor of the Bremerton Sun before moving to Spokane.
He would subsequently work as executive editor of the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y., and managing editor of the Gainesville, FL., Sun.
He retired there in 1998 at age 65.
After his retirement, he and his second wife, Marjorie Martin Pierson, resided in to Senoia, GA., and Summerfield, FL.
and did a good deal of traveling.
Mrs Pierson, whom he married in 1977, died in 2010 in Ocala, FL.
E. Curtiss Pierson was born in Norwich, CT., May 11, 1933, and grew up in New London and Groton.
He worked for the now-defunct Boston Record-American while at Boston University.
In addition to his son Allan, he leaves a daughter, three other sons, a stepdaughter, a stepson, 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.
A second daughter died in 2007.
Pierson’s body was cremated.
A family get-together of remembrance is being planned.