June 28, 1943 - October 6, 2013 The beloved Peter Anson Schneider, 70, died on Sunday October 6th, 2013, in his Pacific Palisades home holding his son, Max Hooper Schneider's, hand and in the presence of Barbara Hooper, his life-partner of forty years; his sister, Carole Goodman; and Max's partner, Frida Escobedo Lopez. It was a hot and windy afternoon and all the plants he had assiduously cared for were alive with movement. Peter was a Brooklyn, NY émigré who arrived in California in the mid-1960s and remained. He was a man of many vocations and interests. He studied in Brooklyn, Washington State, London, and the Philippines. His professional accomplishments were many. He taught biology in Nigeria as a Peace Corps volunteer and at San Quentin prison. He was a commodity broker in Berkeley and Manhattan and in Los Angeles an equine veterinarian and TV writer. He was a respected presence at southern California's racetracks and several Hollywood studios. As those who knew him well can attest Peter could not pass up a pickup basketball game, a fruit stand, a vintage microscope auction, or a black long-sleeved shirt. But his true passions were his family and friends. Throughout his five-month struggle with cancer Peter was sustained by their presence and gladdened by what they gave to him through loving conversation and acts of kindness. Max's glowing Beluga whale skeleton and the unexplained visitation of masses of pelicans at Will Rogers State Beach, a miraculous event, also brought pleasure in his last weeks. While Peter has passed to another state he is neither gone nor forgotten. He lives in the objects, relationships, and atmospheres he participated in creating and continues to inhabit. A memorial is planned for 27 October at a venue to be determined.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2013