FLORENCE – Dr. Peter H. Ferber, 81, a beloved and well-respected psychiatrist who practiced most recently in Northampton, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, surrounded by loved ones.
Peter Ferber was born April 19, 1932, in Albany, N.Y., the son of the late Haskel S. Ferber and Adaline (Gertskin) Ferber.
He graduated as valedictorian from Albany Academy in 1950, then attended Harvard University, where he majored in English, cultivating a lifelong love of literature and poetry.
After his first year of medical school at New York University School of Medicine, as a counselor at a summer camp for underprivileged children, he met the love of his life Gloria Pearlman. The couple married Aug. 24, 1958, in the Bronx, N.Y.
Dr. Ferber trained at the nation's premier psychiatry training program, Hillside Hospital in Queens, N.Y., specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry.
After two years as a U.S. Army captain at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, he ran a private practice for 49 years; four years in Great Neck, N.Y., 38 years in Rockland County, N.Y., then seven years in the Pioneer Valley. He helped countless people live happier and healthier lives.
Throughout his life, Dr. Ferber championed the well-being of society's most vulnerable members, serving as consulting psychiatrist or board member to several leading community mental health services. He and Gloria Ferber, a learning disabilities specialist and psychologist, co-founded the Center for Learning and Development, a multidisciplinary treatment center for learning-disabled youth in New City, N.Y.
Throughout his life, Dr. Ferber pursued his avocations with great zest. He and Gloria Ferber enjoyed gardening, sailing, cooking and the arts. The couple traveled extensively, to the Great Wall of China, Alaska, Turkey, and other far-flung destinations, where Dr. Ferber took evocative photographs of architecture and landscapes.
As a member of the Five College Learning in Retirement (5CLIR) program in the Pioneer Valley, Dr. Ferber joined or led seminars on Jane Austen, personal writing, water resources and more.
Dr. Ferber leaves behind his wife Gloria Ferber; his son Dan Ferber of Brookline; his daughter Judy Ferber of Florence; his son Ben Ferber of Arlington; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his only sibling, Caryl Conner of Washington, D.C.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 24, 2013