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LORD, PETER B., of South Kingstown, a Providence Journal reporter who won numerous awards for his coverage of environmental issues died peacefully Wednesday at the Village House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Newport, of a malignant brain tumor. He was 60 years old. Peter is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Mary Ann (Melvin) Lord. Peter joined The Journal as a reporter in 1979, after working for six years at The Day, in New London, CT. He was assigned to cover the environment in 1981. He was manager of The Journal's West Bay bureau for several years before transferring to the main newsroom in Providence. Peter reported on a wide range of local and national environmental issues, from efforts to clean up Narragansett Bay to oil spills to global climate change. "Poisoned," his six-part series in 2001 on the public health consequences of lead paint, is credited with prompting changes in state regulatory laws. In 2005, he wrote "Saving Block Island," a seven-part series on the efforts of Block Island residents to preserve much of the island as open space. The series was one of The Journal's first extensive multimedia efforts and included a photo slide-show, which Peter narrated. For other stories, he traveled as far as the Arctic Circle, Central America, Scotland and Hawaii. For many years, he wrote the weekly Environmental Journal column in The Sunday Journal. His coverage won first place awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Rhode Island Press Association, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, which honored him in 2005 with its Master Reporter award. In March, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey recognized his lifetime achievements with its Distinguished Naturalist Award. Peter was born Dec. 27, 1951, in Wilmington, Delaware; he was raised in Newington, CT. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and taught journalism classes there and later at the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a master's degree in marine affairs. He was a board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and journalism director of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Journalism at URI. In addition to his work as a journalist, Peter was also active in his community. He was a Boy Scout leader in Hope Valley for Troop 1 and also served on the board of the Langworthy Library in Hope Valley for several years. Besides his wife he leaves three children, James and his wife Jessi of Bend, Oregon; Kathryn of Brooklyn, NY; and Peter Benjamin of New Orleans, LA. He is survived by two brothers, George of New London, CT, and John of Brooklyn, NY; and a sister Sue Cryan and her husband Jeff of Coventry, CT. He also leaves three nieces and two nephews. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Sunday, April 15th at 2 PM in Edwards Hall on the URI Campus. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Memorial donations may be made to the Peter Lord Environmental Journalism Scholarship Fund, c/o URI Foundation, 79 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881. For guest book and condolences, averystortifuneralhome.com
Published in The Providence Journal on Apr. 8, 2012.
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April 18, 2012
Peter Lord changed the way Rhode Islanders think about environmental issues. He was a professional and a great man. The environmental community will miss him a great deal.
Tricia Jedele
April 15, 2012
Dear George and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. May your many memories of him bring you comfort and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Jimmy and Nancy LoPresto
April 15, 2012
To The Lord Family,
I was so saddened to learn of Pete's passing.
I have some good memories of his years in the Greater Westerly-New London Area..and how fair he was as a daily reporter.
Pete was one of the most fair and friendliest reporter in our area and he continued his efforts and kindest to many over the years as a ProJo reporter.

May HE rest in PEACE with the LORD....and may you all have think of the good memories you have of a good husband and Dad..as he would want you all too..

Our Deepest Sympathy

Joe & Angie Iacoi
Westerly, RI
Joe & Angie Iacoi
April 11, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter's family.
Patricia (Robison) Hopkins & Jim
April 11, 2012
I met Peter many years ago at an SEJ retreat in Missoula. We became friends despite at best seeing each other once a year at a conference. He was so encouraging and so committed to journalism and to the environment. I admired his skill and passion.
Mostly I'll miss the wry and gentle wit and humor.
David Poulson
April 10, 2012
MaryAnn and family,
My sincerest condolences to you all. Peter was a good man. I pray that you will have peace ande happy memories.
Laurie DeLia
April 10, 2012
Mary Ann, So sorry to hear about Peter. Sincere condolences to you and the family. Please call me sometime.
Betty Land
April 10, 2012
The world of environmental journalism mourns the loss of a champion. And, the regular ol' world mourns the loss of a giving, gentle soul. Condolences to the Lord family.
Jay Letto
April 9, 2012
Rest in Peace.
April 9, 2012
Rest in Peace. My sincere sympathy to all his loved ones. I know he will be missed but not forgotten.
Carie Leyden
April 9, 2012
The Family of Peter,

He was the most professional reporter that I ever delt with in my 35 years in trying to build a reservoir project. We conversed for years after my retirement. He was a good man. My deepest sympathy and may God bless him and your entire family.
Bill Falcone
April 9, 2012
I met Peter Lord many years ago when he interviewed me for a story on the Transportation Manager Center proposal. He ended up writing such a great article that pointed out the environmental benefits to providing timely information to motorists via a high tech computer system that the Center was given the approval to be built out.
He was a visionary certainly and a wonderful asset to our RI community, I was so sad to learn of his passing and my sincere condolences to his family.
cynthia levesque
April 9, 2012
A great man and one of my boy scout leaders growing up. He was always the cool guy. In a world where most parents can not handle one teenage boy he somehow survived about 10-15 really rowdy ones. I'm sure we tried his patience many times but I can not recall him once loosing his temper with us. All I can remember is his smile, laugh, and gentle voice. He set an incredible example for us all and was a big part in helping me become the man I am today. It is true that they don't make them like they used to. Thank you Mr. Lord for taking the time to teach, look after, be a friend, and a great example to us all. You will be missed.
RB Spears
April 8, 2012
A wonderful guy and friend who served journalism well. I can say that many journalists from across the country, myself included, miss him already. - Tom Henry, Editorial writer and columnist, The (Toledo) Blade
Tom Henry
April 8, 2012
I will miss Peter deeply. He was both friend and mentor, and was one of the most giving people I have ever met. I owe a great debt to him. My deepest sympathies to the Lord family.
Edward Ortiz
April 8, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the Lord family.
Kevin Farrell
April 8, 2012
To the Family of Peter Lord,
There is so much to be said about Peter. His professionalism, his breadth of knowledge and his insightful reporting are an enduring memory to be sure. But what I most remember about Peter is his humanity; how he treated all of us in the public sector with respect. As a retired DEM senior official I had many years of contact with Peter. I will remember them always with admiration. My deepest sympathies.
Fred Vincent
Fred Vincent
April 8, 2012
Sincere condolences for the family. We all lose, greatly, when individuals with the ability to convey the true value of our planet's worth leave us. The shallow and greedy will never appreciate how earnestly these few cared and shared a fuller sense of life.
Zach Tremont
April 8, 2012
Peace be with you all. Love and prayers to Mary Ann and their 3 beautiful children...today and every day.
Cheryl Russell
April 8, 2012
There may be an open place at the dinner table but you'll always be with us
George (Tad) Lord
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