Friends and colleagues joined together with family and loved ones Sept. 22 to honor the life of longtime MGH psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce, MD, during a special memorial celebration at Harvard University. Pierce died at the age of 89 in September 2016. During his distinguished career he received many notable honors and recognitions, including being named the first African-American full professor at the MGH, and having the MGH Division of International Psychiatry renamed the Chester M. Pierce Global Psychiatry Division.

“His accomplishments are staggering and yet that was not what defined Chet,” said Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD, psychiatrist-in-chief, who was one of the service’s featured speakers. “Chet was always more about who he was and not just what he had done; there are individuals who inspire us by their deeds, there are individuals who inspire us by their character and moral force. Chet was both. There are individuals who lead by direct guidance and imparted wisdom, there are individuals who lead us by their example; Chet was both.”

This article was originally published in the 11/17/17 Hotline issue.