1938 - 2013
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Workman, Peter, of New York City and Wilton, Connecticut, died at home in New York on April, 7, 2013 of cancer. He was the founder and president of Workman Publishing Company, one of the largest independent publishers of non-fiction trade books and calendars. In addition to the Workman imprint, the company consists of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Artisan, Storey Books, Timber Press, and HighBridge Audio.
Born in Great Neck, Long Island, on October 19th, 1938, to Jeanette and Bernard Workman, Peter graduated from Deerfield Academy and Yale University. He served on the board of the Goddard-Riverside Community Center and the board of Prep-for-Prep; he was a member of the Publishing Committee of the UJA-Federation of New York and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Yale University Press. Peter was a generous supporter of The Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, and the Anti-Defamation League, among many organizations. In honor of his late brother he developed the David Workman Grant Program at Deerfield, a charity to help students fund and implement their own humanitarian projects. His love of music and art prompted his support of The New York Philharmonic, The New York Opera, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He was a passionate golfer and skier, loved to read, and took great pleasure in the company of friends, colleagues, and family.
He was, in so many ways, an extraordinary man.
He leaves his wife of fifty-one years, Carolan Raskin Workman; his daughters Katie Workman and Elizabeth Workman; sons-in-law Gary Freilich and Mark Williams; and grandchildren Jack, Charlie, Madeline and Charlotte.
There will not be a funeral, and visiting hours will be limited to the extended family. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Goddard Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
Or by phone: Goddard Riverside Development Office, 212-873-4448
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Published on NYTimes.com from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2013