The student body at Greendale higher education Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, Community focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin' lawyer whose degree has been revoked, who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work.
Home Town: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Occupation: Part-Owner of Shirley's Sandwiches, Formerly CEO of Hawthorne Wipes
Date of Death: 2014
Piercinald Anastasia "Pierce" Hawthorne was a former moist towelette tycoon who was at one time the C.E.O of "Hawthorne Wipes". It was a company founded by his father, Cornelius Hawthorne which afforded Pierce a leisurely lifestyle free of worries. In his younger years he lived it up, marrying seven times and accumulating over thirty step-children. However, later in life he found himself all alone and unhappy with his life. In an attempt to cure his malaise, he started several hobbies including traveling the world, becoming a Toastmaster, performing magic, and playing the piano (Greendale Campus Connect). Eventually he decided to return school in order to further expand his horizons and began attending Greendale Community College back in 1999. He stayed for over a decade before finally graduating in 2013.
In his final years in school he joined a Spanish study group and despite a few rocky moments they became his longest lasting friendships. With their help he coped with the death of both his parents, discovered that his father's assistant Gilbert Lawson was his half-brother and dealt with being fired as Hawthorne Wipes C.E.O by the board of directors. His last endeavor was being part owner of a sandwich shop with Shirley Bennett and building a Gender Sensitivity and Sexual Potency museum on the Greendale campus. Not long after he and the study group officially graduated from Greendale, Pierce passed away.
Pierce's boorish and abrasive personality was a direct result of his upbringing. His life of luxury insulated him and made it hard for him to understand typical social norms. Adding to this was him being raised by his father Cornelius who passed on his racist and bigoted beliefs. This attitude he was raised on, coupled with his lack of tact, had gotten him into trouble as he constantly made outrageous statements unaware of how rude and offensive they were. Pierce was also fairly gullible; this was evidenced in his participation with a religious movement known as "Reformed Neo Buddhism" which his friends and even his mom had warned him is just a cult.
His father was also emotionally abusive towards Pierce when he was a child often undercutting him and making him feel worthless. In his adulthood this led him to over exaggerate his abilities and competency in various areas. As he is much older than most Greendale students, he is sometimes disoriented by youth culture. In order to fit in he tries to embrace it with little success, particularly technology. The study group had tried on occasion to change his behavior for the better with mixed results. Despite this, he would on occasion surprise his friends by offering support or some sage advice when they least expected it.
In the study group:
Pierce's place within the study group was best described by Abed as being the scapegoat. Much like Britta, he was a common target for the group to make fun of. In Pierce's case this was due to advanced age and his offensive opinions on race, religion and sex. These made him the perfect lightning rod for criticism and also diverted attention away from any other study group being mocked. Pierce himself believed his role in the group was to be the person willing to say or do what the others won't. His somewhat antagonistic role caused him to excluded from a number of group activities.
Pierce initially was as in awe of Jeff as the rest of the study group and tried repeatedly to become his best friend. He later became envious of Jeff's status in the group. He oftened claimed Jeff was gay and made many remarks about this. Despite this, Pierce showed that he did care about Jeff on several occasions when he would actually provide some useful insight or helpful advice.
When Pierce first met Shirley he made unwanted advances towards her but eventually lost interest. They have had a strained relationship since then with Shirley doing her best to ignore his inadvertently racist and sexist behavior. As the oldest members of the group they often found themselves left out of the younger members activities. In the study groups third year at school, Pierce and Shirley formed a business partnership and opened a Sandwich shop at Greendale.
Annie has a higher tolerance for Pierce's behavior than the rest of the study group. She does her best to look past his flaws to see the good person inside. Pierce appreciates this and has stated several times he considers her his favorite in the study group. He once helped her out financially although he used the favor to guilt her into expanding a part he had in a play she wrote. Annie defended Pierces increasingly antagonistic behavior in their second year. She is the only member of the group Pierce gave a legitimate bequeathal to when he faked that he was on his deathbed.When a vote was held on Pierces membership in the group, Annie was the lone dissenter to keep him in.
Pierce Hawthorne Photos
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