Described by his wife as "a modern renaissance man and an old-fashioned gentleman," Peter Raymond Peirce was returning with the Syracuse University group after a semester of study with Syracuse in Florence, Italy. Peter was one of only 11 students in the program that is part of the University's architecture curriculum. He was seeking a Master's degree so that he could teach his craft. Returning to Perrysburg, Ohio, for a holiday break in his two-semester program, Peter had linked up with the other Syracuse students for the trip from London, England, to New York, New York. Peter and his wife owned and operated an architectural design firm in Toledo, Ohio. Besides his wife and business partner, Cherry Peirce; he leaves three daughters, Joellen Birkenkamp, Tori Kwiatkowski, and Danielle Kwiatkowski; his mother, Elizabeth; a brother; two sisters; and three grandchildren. Peter is missed every day by his family.
Born in Toledo, where his father and grandfather had a construction company, Peter was the founder of Peirce Design Group and PDG Architects, also in Toledo. His architectural, construction, and design work is recognized throughout the states of Ohio and Florida for its outstanding beauty and function. Peter was a 1971 graduate student of Ohio State University where he earned a B.S. in Industrial Design and Psychology. He then did graduate studies in business administration and finance at the University of Toledo and San Francisco Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies. In 1983, he went to Poland to study at Warsaw Technical University on a scientific exchange program. His architectural academic pursuit started at the University of Detroit from which he graduated cum laude in 1983 with a degree in architecture. This diverse and intensive study of architectural design prepared Peter for completing his academic training at the Syracuse Florence Center.
Peter viewed the business of architecture as a very demanding profession in terms of personal commitment to creativity, time and financial management, as well as human relations. Since work allowed little time for independent study into the advanced theory and practice of architecture, he sought to develop and mature in the profession through a program of study.
The Court Jester wobbled in the middle of my life
While I cowered in the corner separating tears from my eyes.
Who is he to pick and choose?
Who am I to stand accused?
He teetered most suspiciously while handing down my sentence.
A life missing my friend would serve as my greatest penance.
How can you take him and leave me behind?
No mercy in death. And life's become a crime.
He did nothing wrong, my friend one of the young.
Can this murder somehow be undone?
The distant eyes of the Jester told me all I needed to know,
That life is not for me to decide and death is letting go.
You can't take everything. You can't have my pain.
Life's Jester toppled and rolled across the floor.
Life's cruel jokes could be played on me no more.
Friend, if you cross over to a world that is white,
I'll stay behind and dream of your most fantastic flight.
Send me a message if you can from that place,
And my tears will fall more slowly.........
But you will never be replaced.
—Cherry W. Peirce
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