KUSSI--Peter, of Kew Gardens, NY, passed away on October 8, 2012. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Peter had a distinguished career in the field of Czech literature as a scholar, editor and translator. For many years he was a professor at Columbia University, where he taught Czech language and literature. He will always be remembered as a brilliant, dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, a generous mentor, and a loyal and caring friend. A memorial is planned for April 2013 in New York City (contact: newyork@SVU2000.org). Donations to honor Peter's memory may be made to the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, 321 East 73rd Street, NYC 10021, or to Selfhelp Community Services, 520 8th Avenue, NYC 10018.
Published in The New York Times on Oct. 28, 2012