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Peter Ayer Tileston
Jan 14, 1922 - Nov 15, 2012
Passed away peacefully with his family at his side in Palo Alto, CA. Peter is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, his son Bill and daughter-in-law Nancy, his daughters Peggy, Carol, Jackie and partner Kirk McCarthy, and grandchildren Katharine, David and Laura.
Peter was born in New Haven, CT to Dr. Wilder Tileston and the former Ethel Walker Smyth. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School in 1939, and spent three years at Caltech before he joined the Army Air Corps during WWII. After the war he received his BA from Yale University with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Peter was a banker with the First National City Bank of New York. Almost all his 34 year career was spent overseas. He met and married Margaret in the Philippines, where his children were born. He rose through management ranks to Vice President in charge of much of Southeast Asia. After 19 years he transferred to India for 2 years, and then spent 12 years in London and Paris as the bank's senior representative to English and French banks.
After he retired, he and Margaret split their time between California and Martha's Vineyard for 20 years, and then spent the last 10 years in Palo Alto.
Peter loved golf, music (especially the big band era and opera), anything to do with the ocean, travel, poetry, philosophy, computers, a good conversation and a good glass of beer. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a keen interest in people and the world. His perpetual smile, gentle nature and twinkle in his eye endeared him to those who knew him, and he is greatly missed by all.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on November 20, 2012