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Peter Choate


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Peter Choate Obituary
February 8, 1941 - March 31, 2017 Peter Choate, age 76, died peacefully on March 31 at the beautiful home in Sullivan Canyon that he had designed and helped build more than 40 years ago. He was surrounded by his wife and children during his final days, with Willie Nelson and other favorite artists playing in the background. Peter was born in Los Angeles to Alice and Chris Choate. He attended University High School and Stanford University, where he was an All-American on the golf team, competed barefoot at times, and set an amateur course record of 66 at Cypress Point. It has been said that Peter spent more time on the golf course than in class. While that rumor cannot be confirmed, it is true that by the age of eight, Peter already was honing his formidable skills on the Holmby Hills pitch and putt, often at the expense of his elderly mentors and challengers. He loved the game-and loved playing it with friends and family of all skill levels. Peter also was an ace bridge and backgammon player who spent many late evenings listening to music and winning and losing with dear friends. While at Stanford, Peter met his future wife of 56 years, Patti, who attended Mills College. Peter and Patti were grateful for the time they had together. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends and traveling around the world. Peter also was a good dad. He loved his children and gave them space to find their own ways while always being available to provide guidance and support. Peter had a blessed life. Although Peter briefly had considered joining the PGA Tour after college, he elected to pursue a career in architecture instead. Peter came from a family of artists. His father, Chris, was an architect who practiced for a time with Cliff May, was a professor of art and architecture at UCLA, and worked as a set designer for MGM Studios. His mother, Alice, was an accomplished painter who also painted marquee posters for Hollywood studios during the Great Depression. Chris and Alice loved their son and were so proud of him. Many of Peter's close friends-and scores of other clients-also were grateful that Peter chose a career in architecture, because they had the unique privilege of living in a home that he designed. Peter founded the firm Choate Associates Architects in 1971. He had an uncanny sense of spatial proportions and could solve just about any design challenge that presented itself. While he preferred open plans with plastered walls, stone fireplaces, tiled roofs, and rough-hewn beams, Peter could excel in any design vernacular. Above all, he wanted to design homes to suit his clients' needs and wishes-and his clients truly loved the homes that he designed for them. While most of Peter's work is located in California, he also built homes and small hotels for clients as far away as New Mexico, Wyoming, and Maryland. Peter's legacy lives on in the beautiful architecture that he created and left us all to enjoy. Peter is survived by his wife, Patti; his three children, Chris, Courtenay, and Peter; his four grandchildren, Alexandre, Nicolas, Gabrielle, and Audrey; and his many friends who loved and admired him.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2017
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