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Peter Houghteling

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Peter Delano Houghteling, a psychologist, died at home in Boston on June 14th from Parkinsons disease. He was 67 years old. Dr. Houghteling worked for three decades in the Dedham, Brookline, and Boston schools as a child psychologist, and later with the Suffolk County Juvenile Court Clinic as a forensic psychologist. He graduated from Harvard College in 1967, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, and received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1978. Born in Waltham, MA in 1946, Houghteling lived in Paris, France as a young child. Houghteling was raised in Pittsburgh, attended Taylor Allderdice High School, and graduated from Newton High. Houghteling and his wife Susan Waisbren were married for 38 years and raised their four daughters in Brookline, MA. Houghteling was an enthusiastic and active participant in the Boston music and musical theatre community. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Susan Waisbren, and their daughters and their families: Sara of Palo Alto, CA; Charlotte of London, England; Sylvia, of Los Angeles, CA; and Pearl, of Worcester, Mass. He is also survived by his mother, Fiora Houghteling, of Newtonville, MA., his siblings Lawrence of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; Robert of Oakland, CA; and Nan of Myrtle Beach, SC. His memory lives on in grandsons Raphael Mason and Jasper Smallwood and numerous nieces and nephews. Burial services were held at Chatham Synagogue in Chatham, NY. Donations in Houghtelings memory will fund a fellowship at The Family Center, Inc. www.thefamilycenterinc.org 366 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

Published in The Brookline Tab from June 20 to June 27, 2013
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