To the family and friends of Lance Peters,
It is with shock and profound sadness that we heard of Lance’s untimely passing, a terrible loss for his family, his friends, his patients, and the medical community.
Reuven and I each had very memorable relationships with Lance, relationships that we have reminisced about over the years since medical school, remembering Lance with great fondness and respect.
Reuven was the second year psychiatry resident who supervised Lance for his third year medical school psychiatry rotation. Reuven recalls that although Lance was not planning a career in psychiatry, he completely engaged with psychiatry and gave it his all. Lance was a medical student who would go anywhere and do anything for the benefit of his patients, once even walking the dog of a patient who was hospitalized. Lance was incredibly passionate and compassionate in his caring for his patients; he stood out as a medical student who never stopped being a fellow human being to his patients, he treated all patients with sincere empathy and respect.
My relationship with Lance was as a friend and fellow Cornell medical student. I was close with him and with his roommates, and remember with great joy all the good times we all had together, enjoying ourselves, laughing, watching Star Trek, and supporting each other to make our way through medical school. Lance was always fun to be with, a gentle soul, a person of great kindness and strength of character. Lance was able to preserve these qualities while approaching the study of medicine with fierce determination and dedication.
Lance was a photographer, and we are fortunate that Lance gave Reuven one of his beautiful photographs as a gift, a work of art that we have enjoyed in our home. How lucky we are to have this physical tribute to Lance, this photograph that allows us to continue to see the beauty in the world through Lance’s eyes.
We send our deep condolences to those that loved him so, and we hope that you will find comfort in knowing the love and devotion that Lance inspired from others, that he indelibly affected his friends and the community around him. Though we had not seen Lance in years, our world is sadder knowing that he is no longer with us.
Miriam Bloom and Reuven Ferziger