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Peter F. Linde ’46

Peter F. Linde ’46, August 15, 2007, at home in Livermore, California. Peter received a BA from Reed in chemistry, and subsequently earned advanced degrees in chemistry—an MA from the University of Oregon in 1950 and a PhD from Washington State College (University) in 1953. In 1953, he also married Mary Ruth Bousliman; they had four sons. His first appointment was at the Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then he began a 38-year career as a professor of chemistry at San Francisco State University. Peter was born in Germany, arriving in the U.S. at 13, and developed a marvelous proficiency with the English language-learning the roots and meaning of words, and expressing his humor and observations through poetry, limericks, and prose. He was also an expert in music, particularly jazz. He played trumpet, led jazz combos in graduate school, and continued to perform in community band and orchestras throughout his life, including as a member of the Deutscher Musik Verein German Music Society of San Francisco, for which he was also president. Survivors include his wife, his sons, four grandchildren; and his brother, Hans A. Linde '47.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2008

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