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.