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Lloyd Oliver Pierson

September 16, 1940April 14, 2018

Lloyd Oliver Pierson, 77 Lloyd Oliver Pierson, 77, of Waco, Texas was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother who passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 14 at his home in Arlington, VA. An accomplished statesman, Lloyd earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Houston. Lloyd dedicated his career to international service, focused on relations between the US and Africa. Among other things during this political career, Lloyd was the Acting Director and Chief of Staff for the Peace Corps, was an Administrator for US Agency for International Development, a Senior International Adviser for the Save Darfur Coalition, and the President of the US African Development Foundation. He also served on various boards that focused on the youth in Africa. An avid weightlifter, Lloyd still holds various national bench press records. Lloyd had various other hobbies including collecting country music records, sports memorabilia, historic newspaper and magazines, and souvenirs of African history. But more than anything, Lloyd was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, whose family benefited immeasurably from his loving support, selflessness, and compassion. He is survived by his wife, Elida, sons Lloyd, Gene, and George, along with their spouses Laura, Amanda, and Anissa, his grandchildren Lloyd Oliver and Robert and his brothers and sister, James, Larry and Darlene. Lloyd will be buried in Rockwall, Texas on Saturday, April 21st, and a memorial gathering is being planned for May 19th in Virginia. In lieu of flowers the family asks you consider donating to the Peace Corps Fund, in Lloyd’s memory, using their website below. www.peacecorps.gov/donate


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April 24, 2018

We, USADF Burkina Faso team is very saddened to learn that our former President Llyod O. Pierson has passed away. To his family and friends, our deepest condolences. President Pierson opened the program of Burkina Faso in Sept. 2008 and paid a memorable visit to us in Dec. 2010 with board member Morgan Davis and RPD Chris Fowles. Visit occurred when the program was still very young and the staff somewhat new. We were privileged to travel with him on different project sites, to listen to him expose his vision of the program, exchange with him on our common commitments and ambitions, and to receive his warm encouragements.
We also experienced the dimension of a kind, loving and caring person when we got this accident with Morgan Davis and half of the team in one of the mission’s cars. He brought both psychological and healing support as we were all aware that we escaped the “tragedy from an inch”.
We will remember a dedicated leader, a man of strong convictions, a lover of the African continent and people, a “soldier” for a genuine bottom-up development led by the African themselves.
After USADF, we continued to exchange from time to time with him as he was interested to follow up our progress while we were also learning about his renewed commitment to Africa’s development through the USASEF initiatives.
Throughout what he has achieved, we will always take inspiration from him to continue all together with the American people the great work for the economic empowerment, creating pathways to prosperity and sustainable development in Africa.
May His Soul Rest in Peace!
Burkina USADF Team

Johnnie Carson

April 20, 2018

The Carson family would like to extend its most sincere and profound condolences to the entire family of Lloyd Pierson on his passing. Lloyd was a close friend and colleague. We worked together closely for four years when he was Peace Corps Director in Botswana and I was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy. Our families were very close. Our three children were similar in age with his three boys, and Lloyd and his lovely wife, Elida, and my wife, Anne and I played tennis almost every Sunday for four years.
Our close friendship with Lloyd was magnified by our enormous respect for the work that he did.
Lloyd was a big man with a big heart and soul, dedicated not only to his family, but also to his work, his staff and to doing things to make life better for the people of Africa. We admired his positive attitude and creative spirit. He was a pioneer and innovator. While in Botswana, he opened the Peace Corps programs in both Namibia and Zimbabwe. Back in Washington at Peace Corps headquarters, as director of IRI's Africa program and as head of ADF, he pursued his passion for Africa and for doing good. Although he was never a Peace Corps volunteer, no one loved, admired or did more for the Peace Corps organization than he did. Where ever he went, he carried a spirit of innovation with him. As President of ADF he introduced an important new program focused on helping Africa’s most marginalized – and often overlooked – communities. He was one of the most respected voices in Washington and was widely admired by many people in Africa. He was a remarkable man, and we extend our most profound and sincere condolences to Elida and his family.
Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Anne D. Carson, Elizabeth Carson Merrick, Michael Carson and Katherine Carson Kim

Geoffrey Kayigi

April 19, 2018

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of our own Lloyd O Pierson, a man of great integrity and simplicity, with his permanent warm and communicable smile.

I came to know him as he was visiting the USADF Programs in Burundi and Rwanda; I had a chance to travel with him in the high mountains of Burundi to encourage the USADF grantees in Mukike, or visiting some remote areas in Rwanda, sitting comfortably with rural farmers in far from smart places deep in the rural areas, adding by his presence an emotional support to the financial and technical support provided by ADF.

To the family of Lloyd Pierson, we tell you that we are joining you to thank God for the precious gift He gave you (and us) in Lloyd, to celebrate a successful life. It is not how long one stays on this earth, it is rather what they do during that time, how well and unselfishly they use that time; Lloyd has achieved both.

Take courage, he is leaving a long lasting legacy and his imprint will live on forever.

May the Lord off all comfort strengthen you at this painful moment.

G. Kayigi
USADF Rwanda

Garba Abdoulaye

April 18, 2018

J'adresse mes condoléances les plus attristées à la famille de l'illustre disparu. Je n'ai pas eu l'occasion de le rencontrer, mais je sais qu'il a combattu pour les zones difficiles d'accès soient pris en compte dans le financement usadf.
Repose en paix


April 18, 2018

The saddened family
of Lloyd O. Pierson

AE2C, partner office of the USADF in Mali, is sad to hear President Lloyd O. Pierson passed away.
AE2C keeps the memory of a great president of USADF with whom it signed its first cooperative agreement in November 2009.
During his presidency, AE2C has always been able to count on an available President who is totally dedicated to his mission. With him, USADF program in Mali has come back to life, giving hope to rural Malian communities. Africa and Mali in particular lose a great friend with the values of integrity and professionalism.
Our office expresses its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, the entire ADF Washington team and all partner offices in Africa.
May his soul rest in peace.
Best regards;
Issa COULIBALY / Administrative
& Communication Officer
United States African Development Foundation
US ADF- AE2C Mali Technical Partner Office


April 18, 2018

Our family of USADF Benin Program is deeply saddened by the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, father in law, our former President & CEO of USADF Mr. Llyod Pierson. He was such a wise man who never seemed to mind sharing his knowledge with anyone who asked for advice. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Lord bless you with peace and comfort in this unfortunate time. We will include him in our prayers. ‘USADF Benin Program Staff’

Chuck Johnson

April 18, 2018

Elida - All of us at National Council For Adoption send our condolences to you and your family. I am remembering you in prayer.

Moussa Gadio

April 18, 2018

USADF Mali pays tribute to the tremendous work President LIoyd Pierson has accomplished for the development of Africa. He has contributed to positively impact the lives of Millions of Africans. We are engaged to perpetuate the legacy he left at USADF. We pray for his family. May his soul rest in peace. Amen

Moussa Gadio
CPC Mali

Mamadou H TEMO

April 18, 2018

Mes très sincères condoléances à la famille d'origine (et descendante), à la famille USADF et à l'Amérique toute entière. C'est aussi une perte colossale pour nous africains, parce qu'il a tant contribué à l’émergence et au développement économique des populations africaines délaissées. Vous nous manquerez à jamais, mon président

May your next life be happier


Peter Wilson

April 18, 2018

Death is part of our earthly journey. But when it strikes, a big vacuum is created in relationships, families, etc., which is so difficult to fill. Therefore, we hardly accept it. Mr. Pierson's departure to the great beyond says it all for the USADF family. I met him for the first time in 2010 when we gathered in DC for our CPC's Training Workshop. When we met with him in a session, I realized he was a great man of humility who was committed to seeing Africa move from its poverty-stricken conditions to prosperity. He made strives geared toward achieving that goal. We will miss you, Mr. Pierson, but rest in perfect peace!