Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 – To Honor Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce

76th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2011 Regular Session

Senate Concurrent Resolution 4
Sponsored by Senators WINTERS, COURTNEY, Representative CAMERON; Senator GIROD, Representative BERGER (Presession filed.)

SUMMARY
The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced.

Honors achievements of Dr. William C. “Bud” Pierce and his wife, Dr. Selma Pierce.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Whereas good fortune smiled upon Salem when Dr. William C. “Bud” Pierce and his wife, Dr. Selma Pierce, chose Salem as their home over 13 years ago; and Whereas Dr. Bud Pierce received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine and a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the UCLA Center
for the Health Sciences; and

Whereas Dr. Bud Pierce is a partner at Hematology Oncology of Salem, a member of the Salem Cancer Institute, the Salem Hospital medical staff and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at OHSU; and Whereas Dr. Bud Pierce serves on the Board of Directors of the Salem Hospital Foundation, is past President and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Marion-Polk County Medical Society, is President of the Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties and is a delegate to the Oregon Medical Association; and

Whereas Dr. Bud Pierce is a compassionate human being whose patients appreciate his medical expertise in oncology combined with his empathy and kindness; and

Whereas Dr. Selma Pierce, a Doctor of Dental Medicine, is a volunteer dentist with a Mobile Dental van, a program run by Medical Teams International; and

Whereas Dr. Selma Pierce works with the Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties’ MedAssist program, which provides prescription services for low-income people; and

Whereas Dr. Selma Pierce is a member of the Assistance League of Salem, an organization that is devoted to helping needy children, for which Dr. Pierce has a passion; and

Whereas in addition to her work as a dentist, Dr. Selma Pierce provides her husband with incredible support and strength for his demanding work with cancer patients; and

Whereas when it was uncertain whether the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center would actually come to fruition, Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce stepped forward together, without prompting, to offer the first major gift of the impending campaign; and

Whereas Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce’s faith in the Kroc Center was a spark that provided the impetus to move forward on this amazing venture for the citizens of Salem and beyond; and

Whereas not only have Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce been financially generous to the Kroc Center, but they have also contributed to the Community Health Education Center at Salem Hospital, Blanchet Catholic School, the Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties Speaker Series in support of the MedAssist program, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and the World Beat Festival; and
Whereas in recent years the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have hosted an annual Cancer Awareness Weekend with a concert and fireworks display, and Dr. Bud Pierce quietly purchased 3,000 tickets for cancer patients and cancer survivors and their families to enable them to attend and enjoy the celebration; and

Whereas Dr. Bud Pierce has received numerous awards throughout his educational and professional careers, of which one award that stands out is the UCLA School of Nursing Outstanding Physician Award given to him in 1994; and

Whereas the award alone speaks volumes for both the respect given Dr. Bud Pierce by his colleagues and the kind of man and doctor that he is; and

Whereas Dr. Bud Pierce is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who attained an Honorable Discharge in 1985; and

Whereas Dr. Bud Pierce then served in the United States Naval Reserve Medical Corps from 1989 to 1997; and

Whereas Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce are active members of the First Christian Church of Salem, where Dr. Bud Pierce serves as an elder and chairs the stewardship committee; now, therefore, Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

That we, the members of the Seventy-sixth Legislative Assembly, congratulate and honor Dr. Bud Pierce and his wife, Dr. Selma Pierce, for their outstanding achievements and generous service to the Salem community.