Temple H. Peirce, a retired Baltimore real estate and insurance broker, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The Roland Park resident was 85.
Mr. Peirce, formerly a 45-year resident of Pinehurst, retired in 1985 from the real estate and casualty insurance business that he had operated for more than 50 years with his wife, the former Alice G. Waldenberger, who died three years ago.
The couple, who married in 1938, opened the business in the Court Square Building in downtown Baltimore in the early 1940s. The firm later moved to an office on 25th Street, and eventually to Towson. In 1985, the business was merged with O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.
"They loved the real estate business and the friends they had made. Their clients were friends and their friends were their clients," said a daughter, Neilson Andrews of Rodgers Forge.
"He used to say that many of their clients, who had been transferred to Baltimore, came kicking and screaming, and once they settled here didn't want to leave because they had discovered what a charming town Baltimore was and how delightful life was here," Mrs. Andrews said yesterday.
"The business was total co-ownership," she said. "Both of them sold real estate and insurance, and during the war, my mother ran the business."
Russell T. Baker was the firm's first salesman, and in 1947, he established his own real estate firm, Russell T. Baker & Co. "I liked Temple very much," he said. "He was a nice guy and a gentleman."
Mr. Peirce was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., and raised in Arlington, Mass. He was a 1927 graduate of Nobles and Greenough School, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 from Harvard College.
He began his insurance career with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., and moved to Baltimore as an agent for the company in 1936.
During World War II, he served in the Army in the Philippines. He was discharged in 1945.
He was past president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Baltimore, former chairman of the Real Estate Brokers Round Table, past president of the Multiple Listing Service, and a member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers.
He was a member of the Gibson Island Club, the Harvard Club and the Baltimore Country Club.
Services for Mr. Peirce were set for 2 p.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where he was a longtime member.
Other survivors include a son, Temple H. Peirce Jr. of Cockeysville; another daughter, Maryalice "Sue" P. Hartshorn of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; two brothers, Shelly D. Peirce of East Falmouth, Mass., and Herbert R. Peirce Jr. of Amherst, N.H.; a sister, Nancy P. Kyle of Stow, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Episcopal Church of the Redeemer; or to Nobles and Greenough School, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, Mass. 02026.