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PETER SOURIAN

New York, New York

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SOURIAN--Peter, the long-time professor at Bard College, scholar, writer, journalist and critic, passed away in New York City on April 27, with his daughter at his side. He was 84 years old. Born in Boston, the son of Zareh and Zabelle Sourian, he was raised in New York City. The life of the mind...

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I just had a talk with Gay. I heard they had a beautiful burial at Bard. Even though the family almost went to Long Island by mistake . We can have a little lol.

Peter was a unique and magical man adored by all who knew him. His passing is an enormous loss to his family, to whom he was devoted, and his many friends.
His was an outsized spirit and soul and he embraced life with passion and intensity, viewing the world through the lens of his extraordinary intellect and constantly inquiring mind. We are fortunate to have been able to count him as our friend, and to have enjoyed, with great pleasure, his convivial manner, charm, ready wit, loyalty...

He was so handsome, so generous, so talented and loved and cared about his wife of many years, Eve. One day I was at their residence, he was playing piano as if he was a cabaret piano player in Casa Blanca. I miss him so much. I am a close friend of also so kind and generous his sister, Gay Sourian Cropper.

Peter held a special place in the hearts of the Reilly family. We met Peter in 1978 when Mark & Justin started first grade @ PS 6. Peter made us laugh a lot; we loved his iconoclastic nature. Indeed, he yelled with gusto & generosity of spirit.

Peter was a dear friend and fascinating travel companion on Amtrak. I will miss him. My condolences to Eve,and his family

I have the best of memories about Peter as a fascinating and funny friend long ago. My condolences to Gay, a schoolmate, and all Peter's family.

Dear Eve, just read in the NYT Peter's obituary with much surprise. We will miss him very much. From Lima, Peru, we send you and yours our love and sympathy at these trying times. Very sorry we are unable to attend the funeral as we will be in Lima until mid-May.

My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. Sourian was a deeply caring man with an incredible wit and charm. Our hallway chats were often the highlight of my day. He will be missed--and my heart goes out to his wife, sister and children.


Peter was a man of great stature, intellect, and so many accomplishments. Peter loved life, Peter was larger than life and dominated conversations with his soft spoken sharp wit and boisterous opinions.

There is so much to miss about Peter, but two things I will hold dear was our playful, amusing, opposite sides of the spectrum political gotcha jabs at each other and his caring, always caring, about your well-being. A very kind person and great friend to all.