Peter-Row-Obituary

Peter L. Row

HEATH, Massachusetts

Sep 25, 1944 – Apr 2, 2018 (Age 73)

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HEATH - Peter Lyman Row, 73, of Heath, MA passed away April 2, 2018 from unexpected complications associated with very recently diagnosed cancer.He was born to the late Arthur and Anne Row on September 25, 1944, in Boston, MA, and was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Tracy. A...

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So very sorry to hear of Peter's passing. He was a wonderful and warm teacher and the course I took with him at NEC in the early 70's on Indian music meant a great deal to me as an improvising musician. Once, when he asked me what type of jazz I preferred I answered, "Bebop". To which he replied, "So you like the baroque!" That characterization always stuck with me . He was deeply caring man who will be much missed and I am very grateful to have known him. My deepest...

40-50 years ago I had lunch at a restaurant first located on Mass Ave. (and then later on Huntington Ave.) called the Kyoto. It was extremely unpleasant outside. I hailed a cab to go to the home of Dorothy C. Wallace. The driver was a young long-haired man who had just returned from India. He had dreams of incorporating the Sitar into Western music, bringing back the real experience to the students of Boston and bringing the language into the American sound. (The Beatles were still popular...

Casual acquaintance, applying or current student, longtime friend, colleague, passer-by, homeless, etc. didnt seem to matter. Peter Row always had the same warmth, compassion, sympathy, and understanding for everyone he encountered.

Peter was an amazing musician and teacher who Id long to hear play and speak all day and night, but to put it plain, everyone loved him!

He had a twinkle in his eyes that would light up a room and an accompanying smile that would make...

He was an incredibly generous teacher -- with his words and encouragement, and especially with his time. Even though I was probably the millionth violinist he introduced to this music, he helped me feel like I could bring myself to it -- and that it was ok to want to dive into this music as much as I could in the time that I had with it (and to ask other people to play it with me) -- even if it didn't become was I was going to do forever. This all informs my own teaching, of course, and I...

It was tremendously moving to be at Commencement today and to be a part of the NEC family as we honored Peter together. I cannot imagine our school without his gentle, shining, enlightened spirit. But I trust that his spirit will remain with us and go dancing down the hallways and through the classrooms and into the music we all play as it always has. There is a spot right at the turn as I enter the building to teach, near the Dean's office, just before I wend my way up the stairs to our...

Peter was a great colleague and friend, a hugely supportive mentor for me as Chair of Liberal Arts. He went above and beyond to make important contributions to everything we worked on. Peter had the perfect combination of personal qualities; he was tough, sharp, fair, and kind. His students in his Liberal Arts electives absolutely loved him; they were fascinated by the way he brought his personal experiences into the classroom to make his subjects come alive. The word they most used to...

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Row. He has been the most supportive and inspiring teacher to me at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has been a big part of my academic life at NEC, I've taken every possible class he has offered during my years at NEC. I wish I had a chance to say goodbye, but I know his teaching and humility will stay with me forever. And I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of his light, and will do my best to carry on his wisdom. Thank...

Peter was a gem of a man. He hired me way back in 1993 as a part-time Coordinator of International Student Services, and was warm, friendly, and supportive from Day 1 - he truly made me feel a part of the NEC community, even though I am not a musician. Over the past few years we worked together to support students in their Fulbright applications, and he always went above and beyond to help students show themselves in the best possible light. He will be truly missed.

It is like a bolt from the blue. Hard to believe. Met him last year and he hosted me at the NEC. Such a wonderful and knowledgeable person. My heartfelt condolences