Pete and I first met in 1968 when we were freshmen at Ithaca College. We got to know each better in our sophomore year when we lived in the same dorm, and then became close friends when we shared an apartment with two other guys in our junior and senior years.
We both went through our share of ups and downs in life, and we were always
there for each other - whether it was to share the good times or support
each other during the rough times. Pete personified what it meant to be a
caring and loyal friend. His kindness and sincerity were so basic to the
kind of person he was.
However, in all honesty, until I read the many beautiful tributes to Pete
on this page by former students of his - I really wasn't fully aware of the
kind of impact he had on so many people during his long teaching career. And
in speaking with some members of Pete's family, they weren't either. What a
testament to Pete's values, ability to communicate with people, and his
commitment to future generations of young people!
Listening to the wonderful and deeply moving tributes by Mathew and Rachel
to their beloved father allowed me to see Pete the Dad in a deeper and more
personal way than ever before. Of course, I knew that Pete had been always
been very close to Mathew and Rachel, but hearing their tributes brought it
home to me in such a vivid and emotional way. Pete so deserved to see his
kids and two grandchildren as both he and they grew older.
As for Pete's wife Carrie, just seeing the two of them together, along with
how Pete would talk about Carrie, made it so very clear how much they loved
each other and how terribly unfair it is that they won't be able to grow old
The world lost a truly beautiful human being when Pete passed away on
January 10 - his 71st birthday. But his memory will live on among all those
who knew him and loved him.