Peter C. Haskell ’61

Peter C. Haskell ’61 died November 15, 2014, in Seattle, Wash., after a 30-year fight with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on February 9, 1939, in Providence, R.I., son of the late Henry C. Haskell ’18 and grandson of the late Alaric W. Haskell H’46. He prepared for college at Plainfield High School in Moosup, Conn., and Tabor Academy. He majored in government, and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, the glee club and the Reserve Officers Training Corps. After graduation, he and Fran Fuller ’61 worked as summer caretakers at Adm. Peary’s Eagle Island. In 1962, he and three Bowdoin classmates headed west to attend the Seattle World’s Fair, but they never made it: They were forced off the road in a collision with another car, and Sid Woolacott ’62 was killed. In the aftermath, Peter married Sid’s wife, June, and adopted their son, Sid Jr. He served as a lieutenant in Army Intelligence in Nuremberg, Germany, in the early 1960s. He earned a master’s degree in library science at Rutger’s University in 1968. He started his library career working at Cornell University, then as assistant librarian at Colgate University. He was accepted into a one-year library internship exchange position at Indiana University, and edited a book called, Sign Systems for Libraries, after which he landed a job as director of libraries at Franklin and Marshall College. He spearheaded design and construction of a new library there, but left in the early 1980s when he first experienced the early tremors of Parkinson’s. His father, Henry C. Haskell ’18 established Bowdoin’s Henry C. Haskell Library Fund as a tribute to his son. He moved to Houston and joined his second wife, Edit, leading corporate seminars in organizational dynamics. He also got involved in EST training. He earned a master’s degree in organizational development at Pepperdine University in 1991, and continued designing workshops using collage building as a tool for people to create a vision for their future. He founded the NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Center of Texas in Houston, which offers coaching and training in interpersonal communication. Although he struggled to deliver the workshop in his later years, he considered this to be his greatest achievement as it was wholly his own. An avid hiker he completed more than 365 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail—both alone, and later with his son, Ben—in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006, when he was his mid-60s and had had Parkinson’s disease for many years. He is survived by his son, Benjamin L. Haskell, and brother Henry Morgan Haskell ’56. He was predeceased in 2006 by his step-son, Sidney Haskell Jr.s

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