Dr. Peter Jeffrey Kosseff Obituary


Connors Memorial Funeral Home

Dr. Peter Jeffrey Kosseff of Newport, Rhode Island died at home on June 7, 2022 after a valiant battle with cancer. He approached his battle with cancer with the same courage he applied to all aspects of his life. Throughout this time, the dedicated support of his family and loyal friends has been greatly appreciated.

Peter was born January 18, 1944 and grew up in New York and Ossining, New York. He earned a BA from Syracuse University in 1965 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University in 1972. Early in his career, Peter worked at Brooklyn Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Children’s Village, and Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, all in New York State. After moving to Newport, Peter joined the Newport County Community Mental Health Center where he developed children’s mental health services. Later he established private practices in Wakefield and Newport, providing therapy to countless individuals and families. Additionally, Peter has advocated for children and families in the Rhode Island court system, frequently appearing as an expert witness and serving as the first psychologist appointed as an ad litem guardian in the state. He has also served as a counseling psychologist at St. George’s School, Salve Regina University and the Newport Head Start Program.

A Newport resident for nearly fifty years, Peter enjoyed spending time on the beaches, biking around Ocean Drive, and walking to see snowy owls and other wildlife at Sachuest Point. Throughout his life, he was passionate about exploring the scholarly and natural worlds; he read avidly and took advantage of opportunities to travel, backpack, kayak, swim, snorkel, and ski. Peter was unfailingly generous and always made himself available to listen and support his family and friends. He has volunteered at Sachuest Point, various political campaigns, and on committees serving the needs of Newport Public Schools.

Peter is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Pamela, with whom he shared a phenomenal love for each other and their family. He is also survived by his son Alex of Nederland, Colorado, and his partner, Rebecca Katz, daughter Lauren and husband Heath Robinson of New Rochelle, New York. Peter was an exceptionally enthusiastic grandfather to Gus, Eli and Luke. He imbued his grandsons with his adoration of nature, especially relishing their time together searching for sea creatures at Third Beach’s Crabtown and caring for them in his saltwater aquariums. Peter is also survived by his beloved stepmother Elaine Kosseff, his devoted brothers, Andrew (Nancy) and Christopher (Betty), and many nieces and nephews.

Donations in Peter’s memory can be made to the Norman Bird Sanctuary or Save the Bay. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on June 24 at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Additional information is available at www.memorialfuneralhome.com

Posted on June 17, 2022

Published in Providence Journal, Newport Daily News


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