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Peter Brice Pitkin
Resident of San Mateo
Peter Brice Pitkin passed away peacefully on June 7, 2013 at the age of 84 in San Mateo, California.
Born on May 2, 1929, he was the second son of the late Dr. Horace Collins Pitkin and Mrs. Mary Isabel Pitkin of San Francisco, California. His father was a famous orthopedic surgeon, who, in 1927, invented a new type of bone hammer.
Peter is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marjorie Shotton Pitkin of San Mateo, California, and three children.
From his first marriage, his son James Brice Pitkin of Saratoga, California and daughter Susan Letitia Pitkin of Grass Valley, California. And from his current marriage, his daughter Anne Elizabeth Pitkin of San Mateo, California. Preceded in death by his brother, Horace Aldridge Pitkin, who died in 1998.
Peter served in the US Army during the Korean War. He taught science and math at Hillsdale High School for 30 years. He received his undergraduate at UC Davis, and his Masters Degree at the University of San Jose, where he also received his teaching credentials. He owned Crystal Springs Wine and Spirits for 20 years, which he liked to call his hobby, even though he worked hard there everyday, long after his retirement from teaching.
He was always proud to say he grew up in San Francisco. Known for his witty word puns, and love of wine, he traveled the world with his loving wife on many cruises during his retirement. Always an avid golfer, and 49ers fan, Peter had a great love and appreciation for the Opera. He leaves an everlasting sense of a loving and kind husband, who was deeply loved and greatly respected by his children and wife.
At the request of Peter, there will be no funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Defenders of Wildlife foundation in his name. It was a favorite of his, which he contributed to yearly. He had a great love for wildlife, especially wolves. http://www.defenders.org/.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 23, 2013
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