A Goodbye to a Dear Friend
Ed Peterson, allegedly age 81, died here on September 21. A longtime resident of Oaxaca, Ed was a proud U.S. veteran. He worked in San Diego and also at the prestigious Princeton University library in New Jersey as a Librarian. His experience, skills and love of books made a huge contribution to our library.
Ed was a valuable member of the OLL Book Committee, he contributed sage and sometimes contrarian opinions to each meeting. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes at the OLL checking donated books to see if they were duplications. Ed also was part of the team who converted OLL’s manual system over to the bar coded computerized system we use today.
With his friend Flor Bautista, Ed was an enthusiastic participant in OLL’s Saturday Intercambio program. He tutored countless Oaxacans who wanted to learn English. And, he was also not one to miss the opportunity to dance with Flor at her Oaxaca Spanish Magic language school parties.
Ed moved so often that he was an expert on furnished rentals in Oaxaca, but this last year he found a real home and a dear friend in his dueña.
Although Ed was a very private person he was also a strong presence in the OLL neighborhood, the streets around the library and in Jalatlatco will seem a little empty without him. What a sweet man.
A memorial gathering will be held at the library on Thursday, September 29th at twelve noon.
Thank you, Alan, for the kind words for our cousin, Ed Peterson. Sounds like you knew him well. Here are some “Ed Facts” for his friends in Oaxaca:
–Ed always maintained that his college roommate was Paul Newman. I believe it is true.
–He worked at the prestigious Harvard Lending Library and the Cornell University Business School Library, and eventually drove the Tompkins County (Ithaca, New York) Lending Library book mobile, as well.
–Alhough both straight men, Ed and I were on the cover of a poetry anthology called “The Gay Touch” from Crossing Press
–He held more jobs and lived in more places in both San Diego and Ithaca, New York than anyone we will ever know.
–Ed was one of the most well-read and had the most ecclectic reading habits of anyone I ever met.
–Each time I visited him in San Diego, he took me on a different tour — bars across the border, bars at the beach, bars in coast towns north of San Diego. I got the “Ed picture” everytime.
My one regret is that I was never able to take one of Ed’s special tours of Oaxaca.
He will be remembered and missed.
Jerry Rice, Trumansburg, NY and Port St. Lucie, FL