American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Arthur King Peters, 1919-2001

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  • Publication Year: 2002

Arthur King Peters 1919 - 2001

Art Peters, an AAC member since 1964, died peacefully at his home in Bronxville, N.Y. on June 2, 2001 at the age of 81.

A 1940 graduate of Cornell, Arthur served during World War II as an officer in Army counter-intelligence. He later received a Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University. During the 1970s, while running his own importing business, he taught French at Hunter College during his lunch hour. He was also active as a translator, critic, and author and published five books, including Jean Cocteau And His World and Seven Trails West, the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Arthur had a long friendship with the late, great French climber, Gaston Rebuffat, and translated a number of his works into English. He introduced Gaston at a memorable New York Section Annual Dinner in 1982.

Arthur climbed extensively in the French Alps, the Shawangunks, and the Tetons where he had a home for many years. He served as the president of the French American Foundation from 1977-83 and received the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur from the French Government in 1984.

He leaves a wife, Sarah, three children, six grandchildren and a great many friends here in the New York Section.

Philip Erard, AAC

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