Joyce H. Pierson is the wife of the late former Défense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Joyce H. Pierson’s Family
Joyce Pierson Rumsfeld was born September 18, 1932, in Billings, Montana. She and her family moved to Fargo, North Dakota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during her childhood before settling in Chicago. In Chicago, she was a student at New Trier High School where she met Donald Rumsfeld. Joyce received a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado in 1954. On 27th December 1954, Joyce married Donald and the two have been together since then.
Donald Rumsfeld, in full Donald Henry Rumsfeld, was born on July 9, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., and is the son of Jeannette Kearsley (née Husted) and George Donald Rumsfeld. His father came from a German family that had emigrated in the 1870s from Weyhe in Lower Saxony. Growing up in Winnetka, Illinois, Donald became an Eagle Scout in 1949 and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and its Silver Buffalo Award in 2006. His father was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific in World War II. He was a ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in 1949.
Joyce and Donald had three children, Donald Nicholas Rumsfeld, Valerie J. Rumsfeld Richard, and Marcy K. Rumsfeld Walczak. The couple also had seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Joyce’s family lived in St Michaels, Maryland. On June 30, 2021, his family announced the former politician’s death in a statement. He died on June 29, 2021. The cause of Donald’s death was multiple myeloma.
Joyce H. Pierson’s Net Worth
Joyce H. Pierson is known to the wider audience as the wife of former Secretary of Défense, Donald Rumsfeld but she has a standing of her own too. Joyce founded the Chicago Foundation for Education in 1985 and served as Chairman of its Board of Directors for thirteen years. In 2006 she was awarded the DoD’s Distinguished Public Service Award for her work with the US military and their families. In 2007, Joyce and Donald established the Rumsfeld
Foundation to “support leadership, public service and free political and economic systems at home and abroad”.
Donald, a Republican politician as well as a businessman, was awarded 11 honorary degrees. Following his years as CEO, president, and later chairman of G. D. Searle & Company, he was recognized as Outstanding CEO in the pharmaceutical industry by The Wall Street Transcript and Financial World. He was a three-term U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1963–1969), director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (1969–1970), counselor to the president (1969–1973), the U.S. Representative to NATO (1973–1974), and the White House Chief of Staff. He published his autobiography titled “Known and Unknown: A Memoir.” According to Celebrity Net Worth, he had a net worth of $200 million at the time of his death.