Mary Alice Pierce Brunsman, a longtime English teacher and peer counselor at South High School, died Sept. 11, 1988, in her Salt Lake home of cancer. She was 49.

Mrs. Brunsman began her teaching career at Olympus High School in 1963 after graduating with honors from Moorhead State College in Minnesota in 1962. She was working toward a master's degree in educational administration.She taught at South High from 1970 to 1988. Among her many professional accomplishments, Mrs. Brunsman was nominated for English Teacher of the Year in 1988 by the Utah Council of Teachers of English. She was well known for her development and implementation of the Fairness Committee, an adjudication process for grievances among students, teachers and parents.

A teacher leader for the Salt Lake School District Writing Program, Mrs. Brunsman's own writing was published in the Utah English Journal 1987.

She was a member of Mount Tabor Lutheran Church.

She was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Detroit Lakes, Minn., to George Denver Pierce and Selma Anderson Pierce. She married Frank T. Brunsman in 1958. They were divorced.

Funeral will be at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church Wednesday at 3 p.m. Mrs. Brunsman requested no viewing be held, but friends may call at her residence from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Mount Tabor Lutheran Church for a memorial scholarship.