In Memory

Peter Sorrell

Peter Sorrell

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07/22/11 04:24 PM #1    

Ellen Lundy (Leyva)


Dear Classmates,


   I was able to visit Peter in the hospital shortly before he passed away.  He had seen me on TV in Phoenix and called me out of the blue.  I was so happy to hear from him in one second, and then so terrilbly sad the next.  He told me he was in the hospital with late stage AIDS.  This was around the same time Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive.

When I saw Peter he was very frail, thin and very sad.  He wasn't ready to give up his life on earth.  He still had such kind eyes and a gentleness about him. We spent a few hours together.  He asked me to take him outside in the wheelchair to feel the sun.  He was so cold, he wanted me to hold his hands in mine.

I left him there with plans to return.  Life got busy and I let a week or so pass.  When I called him, he had already passed away.  I will always regret waiting to call. 

When I think of him, I think of the laughing, crazy, stylish Peter, the Peter who used to make us crack up, the Peter who taught me and Maria Meyer how to dance the latest dances.

I know he'd be at the reunion, still laughing.

Ellen Lundy


07/30/11 12:44 AM #2    

Scott R. Holmberg

 At lunchtime (senior year?) on a slave auction day when some of the lineman were on the block; one of the Rocky's, Jim Lohmier or Bill Miller perhaps (maybe someone can correct me), I remember Peter bidding against someone fresh off of Vicksburg for a jock's services for a day.  Back and forth they went, driving up the bid.  Finally, "Sold!", the good-natured "freak" won, at a slightly steep price.  It was then that Peter Sorrell pulled out his empty pants pockets and howled "I ain't got no monnee!!".  Uprorious laughter ensued.

Thanks for all the laughter Peter.

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