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Peter Stettenheim 1928 - 2013

Fern Davies

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Peter Stettenheim, Life Member and Fellow of the AOU, Life Member of the COS, and member of WOS, died unexpectedly and suddenly 20 Jan 2013. He was 84 years old. Peter graduated from Haverford College and received his PhD in zoology from the University of Michigan. He then worked at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory, doing research and co-authoring a technical book on avian anatomy. Subsequently, he initiated the Birds of North America series of life histories, and edited an on-line index to the scientific literature of ornithology.He was a long-term editor of The Condor and published the monumental Avian Anatomy: Integument (1972) with AM Lucas. The two-volume work is still in demand.






Peter regularly attended society meetings, and participated in international symposia to share his knowledge of feathers and plumage. He taught a popular course, The Meaning of Birds in Art, and was instrumental in the development and success of the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT.


We invite members of the ornithological community to share their memories of Peter.

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Dear Family and Friends,


Our father, Peter Stettenheim, passed away on January 20 of this year.  If you had not heard this news yet, we are sorry not to have let you know sooner.  Attached, for those who may not have seen them, are Peter’s obituary and an article about him which appeared a few weeks later in the Valley News.


 There will be a celebration of Peter’s life on Saturday, June 15, at 2:30, at Kendal in Hanover, New Hampshire (80 Lyme Road Hanover, NH 03755). There will be time to visit together, and we will gather in the manner of Friends (Quakers) to reflect on Peter’s life and share memories and thoughts.  There will be refreshments following. 


We very much hope that you will join us.  For those of you we have not met, we would be honored to know you.  For those at a distance who may wish to come, please let us know even if you are not sure you can make it.  We will be reserving a block of rooms for those who want them and can also provide more specifics on location and other information you may need.



We may be reached by response to either or both of us at the above emails (joel.stettenheim.GR@dartmouth.edu or wjones@dadlaw.com), or by telephone at (802) 384-1333 (Joel) or (310) 350-9631 (Wendy).




Joel Stettenheim and Wendy Stettenheim Jones

Peter Stettenheim Obituary - Final.docx


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