Cynthia Straker Pierce, a Sag Harbor resident and an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., for 20 years, died on Nov. 30. She was 82.
Ms. Pierce had retired as a law professor from St. John’s University Law School in Queens, and had also served as a senior attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Department of Transportation. She had taught at Howard University School of Law earlier in her career.
In addition to her career positions, Ms. Pierce collected many honors, awards, and recognitions and served on various commissions and boards. She was appointed in 1988 by the chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals to serve on the Judicial Commission on Minorities in the Legal Profession, was a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the First Department, New York State Appellate Division, and served for over 20 years on the board of directors for the Hebrew Hospital Home in the Bronx and Westchester.
She also was a member of the Hunter College Hall of Fame, and was a mediator for the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of New York. She was active in the Bedford Stuyvesant Political League’s successful 1953 campaign to elect of Lewis F. Flagg Jr., the first African-American judge in Brooklyn.
Ms. Pierce was born in Brooklyn to the late Milton and Enid Bayley Straker on July 20, 1929. She attended Hunter College and Brooklyn Law School, where she earned two graduate degrees. A member of the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association, Ms. Pierce was admitted to practice in the federal courts in both Washington and New York.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence W. Pierce, a retired judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the second circuit.
Visiting hours were held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Sunday, with a service at Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor on Monday.