William J. Peiffer 69, of Tucson, Arizona, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at The University of Arizona Medical Center, after a brief illness. Born in W. Reading, PA, he was the son of Walter William Peiffer (deceased) and Jean Doris Peiffer. He is survived by his wife, Kathy W. Peiffer, whom he married on March 30, 1968. He is also survived by his mother, Jean Doris Peiffer of Wyomissing, PA; a brother, James W. Peiffer and his wife, Linda, of The Villages, FL. William graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Mathematics Education in 1966 and a Master of Education in 1967. During his undergraduate years he lettered in varsity cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track. He earned a Doctorate of Education in Statistics and Measurement from Rutgers University in 1978. He taught Mathematics at Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren, NJ from 1967-1982 when he was promoted to Mathematics Department Supervisor. He coached cross-country, indoor and outdoor track, and received numerous awards, including the 2002-2003 Coach of the Year in Men's Cross Country by the NJ State Board of Governors. Upon his retirement in 2005, the school's cross-country course was named in his honor. He was elected to the Watchung Hills Regional High School Hall of Fame in 2009. During retirement in Arizona, William and Kathy were active members of the Tucson Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, serving as co-presidents for a year. A Celebration of Life service will be held in State College, PA, followed by internment at the Spring Creek Cemetery.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 8, 2013