Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ted Peyser's Death

Ted Peyser died on April 13, 2012.  The Washington Post Obituary is here.

The death notice is here.

Key excerpts from the death notice:

Services will be held April 15 at 9 a.m. at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., NW., Washington, DC 20016. Interment Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park, Clarksburg, MD. Family will be receiving friends after the service at the residence of Bill and Ann Peyser. Contributions may be made to the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University.

From my perspective, having dealt with Ted at DOJ Tax, he was a great person and lawyer.


  1. I am grieved to hear of Ted's death. Ted will be remembered by all of us fortunate enough to have served with him in the Tax Division during his long, distinguished career as a student and champion of the tax law. His mastery of our difficult specialty, his wisdom, humor, and patience with his fellow lawyers were gifts to us all. He was a superb teacher and writer as who gently, tactfully drew out the best in us. He did so by the splendid example of his own work, his encouraging smile and his questions which so frequently gave us new insights into our cases. That he chose to stay in government service when so many other opportunities were open to him expressed better than any words how much he valued the privilege of rising in court for the government.

    Carr Ferguson

  2. Ted Peyser was my boss, mentor and friend, and I was pleased that I was able to attend his funeral service yesterday. As self-effacing as Ted was, I imagine that he would have been amazed by the large number of friends from the Washington, D.C. community who attended—really a large number. Rabbi Bruce Lustig and Ted’s three children emphasized his abiding love of his wife Margie and his devotion to his family, how he remarked that “it doesn’t get any better.” We all know about Ted’s professional skills, but the eulogies by Ted’s children were memorable, as they described him as a person, a mensch as we say. When Ted was courting Margie--and she was here and he was elsewhere while posted in the Navy--they selected and sent the identical Valentine cards to one another! Parking tickets: “There must be some mistake.” Speeding tickets: “Just a moment in time.” Ted was felled by an extremely rare cancer—one that has struck only 6,000 people. I imagine that I also identified, on a personal basis, with Ted’s caring for others and his modesty. When my husband Al was ill with his malignant brain tumor, now eleven years ago, Ted (having heard about it from a mutual friend) called me with concern. And—this wasn’t mentioned at the funeral—Ted and Al both experienced having to be “rescued” by mules on a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (although Al commented that it was his college roommate who couldn’t make it back up). It was quite a story for both of them! I shall miss Ted.

    /s/ Jane



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