Local author Peter Hannaford passed away in his sleep on September 5, 2015, after celebrating the publication of his new book at Eureka Books. Peter spent a long career in public relations and politics and was a close adviser to Ronald Reagan for many years. But in “retirement,” Peter devoted himself to a new career as an author, writing and editing books at a pace that writers even half his age would have found challenging. His most recent effort was editing the diaries of the investigative journalist Drew Pearson. The book was literally hot off the press–it won’t even be officially for sale until September 15. But working with Peter and his publisher, the University of Nebraska Press, we were able to host a book-launch for Arts Alive (September 5, 2015).
We had a good turn out and Peter spent the evening talking with friends and well-wishers, and selling copies of his books. We are all shocked and saddened by his passing, but glad he was able to spend his last night doing what he loved, being an author with a new book. Peter was one of those naturally charismatic people who was liked by everyone who met him. He had led a very interesting life and was an endless source of stories, but even with his 83rd birthday just weeks away, he was still thinking about what was next. His was a full life, lived fully, and there is a lot to admire in that.—Scott Brown, co-owner of Eureka Books
Recent Humboldt County Media for Peter’s book, Washington Merry-Go-Round
For the next few days, you will still be able to listen to the radio interview Peter recorded on KHSU’s Home Page on Wednesday (audio files are available for two weeks).
A profile of Peter ran in the Times-Standard on Saturday.
The photograph of Peter Hannaford, taken during his book signing is courtesy of Bob Doran.
Revised Sept. 9, 2015
Peter Hannaford’s memorial service is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15th & H Streets, in Eureka. The service is open to the community.
Signed Books: We are out of signed copies of Washington Merry-Go-Round (sorry). We do have a few other books signed by Peter. Call 707-444-9593 for information.
Obituaries and Memorials
Washington Post – A proper obit
Washington Times – Describing Peter’s early career with Reagan and his speach-writing
National Review - On Peter’s role developing Reagan’s weekly radio addresses, which all subsequent presidents have continued.
The Spectator – How Peter helped Ronald Reagan get elected, by keeping him in the public eye during the 1970s.
Breitbart.com – Re-hash of Times-Standard story
Peter filed this story with The Spectator on the Friday before he passed away: Misspelled Words Give Me LOL
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