Peter L. Myers

April 28, 1942 ~ September 28, 2020

Born in: New York, New York
Resided in: Beacon, New York

Peter L. Myers Ph.D., beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on September 28th, 2020 at the age of 78. He was born in 1942 to Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Shirley Myers in New York City. A lifelong commitment to social justice and civil rights, in his youth, Peter was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as well as attended the March on Washington. He received his doctorate from NYU in 1972 and was a professor of addiction studies and anthropology at Essex County Community College in Newark, NJ from 1968-2008. He married his wife, Susan Briggs Myers, in 1967 and raised two daughters, Molly and Emma. He was the former president of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education and emeritus editor of the Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse. He authored a number of books and articles on drug counseling and medical anthropology. He deeply loved his wife of 53 years and his family and was particularly proud of his grandchildren Zane, Jehan and Ava. Most of all he will be remembered for his warmth, humanity and generosity of spirit by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Donations in his memory can be sent to Columbia County Pathways to Recovery (CCPR) PO Box 486, Ghent, NY 12075 or go to

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