A. Peter Kessler
12/1931 – 1/2020
Peter Kessler was born in Mannheim, Germany on December 27, 1931. During the pre- WW II turbulence his family moved to Geneva, Switzerland for safety, and in 1944 took the first visa they could get and emigrated to Uruguay. Peter attended the Lycee Francais in Montevideo, Uruguay and continued to University there. Receiving a British Council Scholarship and the Uruguayan Artigas Scholarship enabled him to pursue his graduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Birmingham University in England in 1957. He met his wife, Celia, while in England. They began raising their family in Uruguay while he was a professor at the University of Uruguay and moved to Brazil in 1963 to enter the private sector. While in Brazil, Peter established the Brazilian presence for various American engineering companies. In 1971 he moved his family to the Bay Area to become the international manager for Varian. In 1975 Peter and family returned to Brazil to establish one more branch for General Instruments and returned to the US in 1977. He became an entrepreneur founding his own engineering company at that time, and in 1987 he moved to Loomis, California. Peter was fluent German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. He learned English as an adult, and it became his primary language for most of his life. He enjoyed keeping up with all current topics and could be enticed into a discussion about any one of them: technology, science, history and politics among many other interests. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Celia, his daughter Alice (Richard), his son Jeremy (Lori) and his five grandchildren: Trevor, Katelyn, Sarah, Lucy and Ian.
Published in "Folsom Telegraph, The" on Feb. 14, 2020.