A Bagboy’s Story

William C. “Bud” Pierce, M.D., Ph.D.was raised in a happy, close-knit family. His dad was a public school janitor, and his immigrant mom was a homemaker. Bud’s sister, Liz, gave him his nickname.

The Loss of a Father

Bud’s dad died when Bud was 14. A year later, he began part-time work after school and on weekends at the Air Force Base market as a bagboy, working only for tips. There he learned, the great lessons of his work life: work fast and hard (more orders packed meant more chances to earn tips), know your craft (don’t break the eggs!), and be nice to your
customers (or they won’t give you a tip). Bud graduated from high school as one of his school’s valedictorians.


Service to his Country


With summers off between his second year of medical school, and beginning his Ph.D. program, he proudly entered military service by enlisting in the U.S. Marines. He spent the summer of 1979 in marine Corps boot camp as an enlisted Marine. He would serve the next six years as an enlisted marine reservist, and he would again serve in the United States Naval Reserve as a doctor during his medical training.

The Love of his Life

During his Ph.D. training, Bud met the love of his life, Selma. They were married, their daughter, Kristina, was born, and they remain happily married to this day. Bud graduated from UCLA in 1985 with a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology; his research area was in the viral causes of cancer. Bud resumed medical school at UCLA and received his M.D. degree in 1987. He was honored with admission to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, awarded to the top 10 percent of medical students.

 Selma and Bud Pierce

Selma and Bud Pierce

New Roots in Oregon

Bud declined an offer to remain at UCLA as an assistant professor of medicine. Selma and Bud moved to Salem, Oregon, and he began his career in private practice oncology. He immediately became a clinical assistant professor at OHSU. Over the past 20 years, he has volunteered at OHSU, teaching clinical medicine and helping to review research protocols.


A Leader in Medicine

Today, Bud is a senior partner of Hematology/Oncology of Salem, one of the last physician-owned oncology practices in the Northwest. Annually, the practice cares for thousands of patients with serious blood disorders and cancer. Bud has served as the anchor of the practice, working five days a week, generally from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the work that he always dreamed of doing. This pace of work has allowed Bud to care for over 15,000 patients over the past 20 years.

Time to Return Trust and Leadership to State Government

Bud is proud to be a member of the Republican Party. Anti-slavery activists, many of them people of faith, formed the Republican Party in 1854. Our first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln. Our economic policies have favored business success for the purpose of providing good wages and adequate pensions for war veterans. Oregon’s Republican Party governors have included the great Mark Hatfield, Tom McCall and Vic Atiyeh– governors whose policies and leadership bettered the lives of Oregonians.
Our Oregon faces a crisis of political leadership. In earlier times in our country and state, our political leaders were chosen from individuals who had first proven their leadership abilities in their private lives. Our current leadership is now commonly chosen from those who have little or no real experience in leadership in their private lives, but rather have made their political lives the essence of their existence. It is time for Oregonians to rethink the type of men and women whom they choose as their leaders.