Peter Allen Lekisch

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A long-time, beloved Alaskan, Peter Allen Lekisch, of Anchorage and Fredericksburg, Texas, died on December 27, 2013, due to complications from surgery. Peter was born in Midland, Texas on January 7, 1941, to Dorle and Kurt Lekisch, M.D., F.A.C.P. Peter grew up in the then small town of Midland. He enjoyed all sports activities including track and every team sport at school and at a summer camp in Colorado run by the Midland High School coach Tugboat Jones. During the summer of 1959, Peter went with The Experiment In International Living to Sens on the Yonne, France, where he lived with a French family, who were still manufacturing corset stays from the keratinous material of baleen whales. Since no one in the family spoke English, Peter greatly improved his ability to speak French. Just before the 30 American students left for home, their French brothers and sisters held an election. They voted Peter the most all-American of his fellow students. Peter enjoyed playing football at Midland High School during his freshman and sophomore years, for two years at Pomfret School, Pomfret, Connecticut, and three years at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. After college graduation in 1963, he traveled to India where his parents were living and assisting in a tuberculosis prevention project. Upon return he attended Cornell University, followed by law school at the University of Texas, Austin, where he specialized in petroleum and business law, and graduated in 1967. In addition to being a well-respected and sought-after lawyer in Anchorage, where he began his professional career in 1967, the great attractions for him were the Alaskan countryside and athletic endeavors of many sorts. Peter ran the Boston Marathon, helped to organize the building of the Anchorage Tennis Club indoor courts, and won many sports championships in tennis, cross-country ski racing, machine rowing, and bicycling. The Lekisch family enjoyed many sports activities together, including swimming and bicycling. Peter and his wife, Ellen traversed the southwestern states on a tandem bicycle in a sequence of trips. Some years later Peter was the first person 60 years and older to complete the Race Across America, riding a bicycle from Portland, Oregon to Pensacola, Florida in twelve days. Together with his friend and fellow athlete George C. Stransky, M.D., Peter organized The Fireweed, an annual Alaskan bicycle race/tour. For the last twenty years Peter also enjoyed fly-fishing and nature photography. By attending photo workshops and pure diligence, Peter developed a keen and artistic eye, much to the great satisfaction of his artist mother, and achieved a level of excellence for which he was awarded recognition and acclaim. In 2013, together with fellow Alaskan photographer and friend George King, Peter traveled to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, capturing innumerable, stunning photographic images. Through the experiences of fly-fishing and nature photography, Peter came to value and appreciate the irreplaceable natural beauty of undisturbed and protected landscapes, streams, rivers, flora, and fauna. Peter Allen Lekisch is survived by his wife, Ellen Lekisch; his daughter, Jennifer Lynn Lekisch, Seattle, WA; his sister, Barbara E. Lekisch, San Rafael, CA; his niece, Hallie Webster, San Luis Obispo, CA; and hundreds of friends who value having known him, and who will treasure always their memories of this most kind and remarkable person. A memorial service is being planned for January 2014 in Anchorage. In place of flowers, please make a donation of choice.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Jan. 5, 2014
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