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“Peter was my high school advisor and poetry teacher at Princeton Day School in the mid 70's. 5 years ago I was treated to a reunion with him in Sag...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Terry Ward - Rumford, RI

“Peter was my English teacher at Princeton Day School in the late 70s. He was one of those teachers that you never forget--he was inspiring,...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Rhoda Murphy - Jackson, WY

“Peter Sears was my teacher at Princeton Day School, but more than that, he was a mentor to a small group of of kids, like myself who wanted to write...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Helen Szathmary - Blawenburg, NJ

“Peter and I met early in our freshman year at Yale. The whole class, about 1000 of us, lived around a Commons, which some of us used for touch...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Peter as a teacher and a fellow poet and am grateful for that privilege. I remember his dry wit, his incisive intelligence, and his...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Hottle - Beaverton, OR

“I enjoyed Peter so much as a vital part of the Oregon poetry community. I was privileged to write about his work as Oregon Poet Laureate in the...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Hottle - Beaverton, OR

“What a void this will leave. A warm, generous man who wrote so well. My sincere sympathy to Anita. With my good wishes. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Verlena Orr - Portland Oregon, OR

“Peter Sears, my longtime friend, died recently. I first met him in an Army Intelligence unit in then West Germany (ca. 1961). It was Pete Sears who...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Robert Gentry - Gainesville, FL

“I had the joy of spending about a year carpooling from Corvallis to Salem with Peter. We had many delightful conversations on our rides. I remember...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Theresa Valentine - Corvallis, OR

“Terrific teacher, warm and funny and genuinely caring. I learned about writing from him when I resisted learning anything from anyone. And as a poet,...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Thomas Hofheinz - TX

“Peter was the guy who could bring the best out of your poetry, and also lend you his office so you could rebuild a car engine. I will miss him. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Rit Bellis - Poulsbo, WA

“Peter was my mentor and my friend. He will always hold a special place in my heart. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“A wonderful wonderful man! Talented, kind, charming, funny, generous, versatile, warm, curious and questing ... I admired and liked him a great deal....Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Lane Browning - Portland, OR

“Peter was a wonderful mentor and personal friend to me at Reed from 1978-1982, not only in his creative writing workshops, but outside the classroom...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: John Sheehy - Penngrove, CA

“I met Peter Sears in 1974 when he came to Reed to teach Creative Writing. He made a huge impact on me, both with his respect for nascent writers and...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Pamela Matsuda-Dunn - Easthampton, MA

“God bless you Peter. You advised me my freshman year at Reed and influenced me much. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Matthew Jacob - Redwood City, CA

“I'm shocked and saddened by the loss of Peter Sears, one of Oregon's most notable poets. His generosity and contributions to the literary scene in...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Ron Bloodworth - Portland, OR


Peter was born on May 18, 1937 and passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Peter was a resident of Oregon at the time of passing.

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