Susan Pierce, medical records specialist

February 20, 2013

Susan Pierce, 62, a medical records specialist who had worked since 2001 at what is now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, died Feb. 2 at Reston Hospital Center.

The cause was a stroke. A son, Geoffrey Pierce, confirmed the death.

Before joining Walter Reed, Mrs. Pierce taught medical transcription classes at Northern Virginia Community College and performed medical transcription work at companies and clinics in the Washington area.

Susan Marie Schmitz was a native of Alpena, Mich., and received an associate degree in 1971 from Alpena Community College and in 1987 from Prince George’s Community College. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Strayer University in 1997.

She accompanied her husband on his military assignments before settling in the Washington area in the early 1980s. She was a Herndon resident.

She was a past board member of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and a past national president of its predecessor organization. She also was a co-founder of the Virginia Association for Medical Transcription’s Northern Virginia chapter.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, retired Air Force Master Sgt. Paul M. Pierce of Herndon; three sons, Geoffrey Pierce of Ashburn, Jeremy Pierce of Greenville, N.C., and Todd Pierce of Richmond; a sister; and two grandsons.

— Adam Bernstein

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