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December 12, 2011
In honor of Peter's Memory from the United States and the President.
In 2011 Eileen received a certificate honoring the memory of her husband, Peter L. Duttweiler, and signed by President Barack Obama. It reads “This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.”
Peter, you make us proud and you are missed.
December 09, 2011
A memory snapshot
When Peter was attending Tully High School - pre-Vietnam - I was attending Syracuse University and studied and slept in the little pull-along trailer on the property (Tina was there also -- no room inside that 3-bedroom house) that my parents used for camping.
One day I heard piano music and the most beautiful, rich, lusty baritone voice belting out the lyrics from "The Sweetheart Tree" to my mother's piano accompaniment. I stood spellbound realizing for the first time what an exquisite singing voice Peter had.
Alpha-1 curtailed this wonderful voice (I always thought Peter looked a little like Pavarotti but that's pushing it).
This slice-of-life memory is frozen and stellar in my mind.

I have also included a graphic of the cover of that sheet music -- the same one mother played that day and something I have in front of me right now.
Trees gave Peter great joy. There were many instances where he took delight in them.
I just wanted to preserve this treasured memory.
In case you aren't aware -- this page expires next Thursday, December 15 if there is something you have been meaning to enter. . .
Yesterday, I added a few new photographs in the Guest Book Photo section -- have to click on them individually because they don't all come up in the slide show.
I'll never forget that magnificent singing voice and I can hear it still.
November 25, 2011

In the true spirit of the holidays, I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Peter was a special person!

With best regards,

John Walsh
President and CEO
Alpha-1 Foundation
November 23, 2011


Jan and I were so saddened to hear of your loss.... I miss Peter and the emails we shared.

I remember helping Peter in his struggle against the VA and how thrilled he was to finally prevail after so many years.

Yours, Gene & Jan
September 24, 2011
Such a wonderful man and ambassador for those all over the world who had inherited alpha-1. I will always remember you, Peter.
September 10, 2011
D.D.Austin joined Peter this week. One by one we fade away. Call your old friends before all that is left is regrets and memories.
July 30, 2011
Dear Eileen,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. Peter was such a special person and I always looked forward to visiting with him when he drove you to the office.

It was obvious how much you two cared about each other and how much he loved you. We should all be so lucky to have that in our lives.

You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I found out last week. Please take care of yourself...


Dr. K. Congel
July 15, 2011

Peter will be greatly missed by many of us. I always looked forward getting e-mails from PeterD and his sharing of information in regards to Agent Orange and Veterans Affairs. He was very well known throughout our 19th Engineer Association.

May 19, 2011
I have many things to express through some of the many memories of my dear brother Peter,as well as the deep appreciation I had and still have in my deep love for him.
One of the special things my father and mother, Peter and I did each year for our summer vacation was to go up north to different camping grounds for summer camping. One time we went to the Great Smokey Mountains where there were bears. Another time we went to Long Island. Our cousin Michael went with us that time.
Peter really loved my very first kitten and cat who I named Smokey. Smokey became Smokey Joe with Peter's input. We had a dog names Hans we owned after we moved to Tully in 1965. Hobbs, Calvin, Shtinky were other cats
Peter and Eileen lovingly cared for right, Eileen?
One of Peter's favorite vegetables
was Green Giant corn. A favorite dessert was called Chocolate Icebox Dessert my mother made. Sometiimes Peter would request this for his birthday. This was made of chocolate wafers with whipped cream put in between and then covered whipped cream and chopped nuts and put in the freezer to chill.
I think it was so special of Peter and you(Eileen) to donate to the LaFayette Fire Department for the purpose of having masks for cats and dogs in the event of a fire. It was so beautiful to learn of this loving act of you both.
When I think of the many character traits Peter was blessed with I think of optimism, ambition, enthusiasm, courage, and wit. Peter accomplished so very much in getting all the degrees he did and with all the work experiences in between. It was grand he got the Masters Cum Laude in Business Administration at the State University of New York at Oswego.
Peter and you(Eileen) showed so much ambition and courage in driving to Madison, Wisconsin and back and then to Cleveland, Ohio and back for the tests Peter needed to become a candidate for the lung transplant recipient list. What ambition! In addition to the much longer trips he drove to the Syracuse Veteran's Medical Center biweekly and back home to Navarino for many years. He also drove on the riding lawn mower and cut
grass to keep the lawn looking beautiful. What an industrious man!
Another special memory I have is Peter and my mother singing together as my mother played the piano. They sang the song "Some Enchanted Evening." It was enjoyable to listen to.
Peter and you(Eileen) have show such love for the patriotic music played in the CD "Sing America!". I remember Peter giving Art that CD when we came out to visit. We both really have enjoyed listening to all of the military bands performing in it.
Peter loved our country's flag. It's great his birthday was the day before Flag Day. It was so special Peter and you(Eileen) were able to attend the Veteran's Day Parade in 2009 in downtown Syracuse.
I am very thankful for Peter for being a great brother and friend to em. Peter left a real legacy in wanting to help people in his own family, friends, Alpha-1 patients, Vietnam veterans as well as pets and other animals. I am so thankful for Peter who I love and always will.
May 17, 2011
This entry is some “slice-of-life” stuff that I’m going to informally title “Interlocking Pieces”.
It is two-fold – a photograph and excerpts of a letter from our father.
First, the photograph is of Peter and my father, Harold Frederick Duttweiler, at the airport in 12/67 when Peter was leaving for Vietnam. Please notice the ring on my father’s left hand. He wore it all of the time. Peter treasured it after our father died –and wore it for the rest of his life.
The second part of this entry contains excerpts from a letter I received from my father 10/15/71.
I would scan some of these old letters and send them as PDFs to Peter as he enjoyed receiving them..
Do you remember the ties men were wearing in the 70’s? They were broad and flashy. I was sewing in those days and found a pattern and some fabric to make some myself. I sent some up for Dad and Peter. I remember making Peter’s about three or four inches longer keeping in mind his 6’7” height. Here’s is my father’s response: “Thank you for the very fine pieces of handiwork; Peter and I will have to find some very special events for those ties!” He was probably thinking of a carnival because his taste was far more conservative than mine.
Dad goes on to report about the rest of the kids. Our mother had passed away two years previous.
“Tina is staying in Auburn this weekend.” She was attending college, I believe.
David had recently come to visit with his daughter Susan: "She walks and talks and is a real lively, alert and pretty girl and looks very much like David."
"Peter come home each night; he's working on his car outside right now."
"Johanne and Jim had us up for supper Thursday; very good vittles!”
I was three weeks away from the due date of my first baby – Lauren Jeannette – who years later, in response to Peter’s e-mail appeals for the woman he adored, donated a kidney to Eileen.
Dad ended his letter: “Good luck! The next announcement will be a report from you, Gail, right!”
Interlocking pieces.
Gail Duttweiler McVicker

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