Published in Ann Arbor News on Apr. 26, 2020
Peter Calvert Cokinos
Cokinos, Peter Calvert 11/13/1935 - 4/20/2020 Ann Arbor,
Michigan Peter Calvert Cokinos, 84, was overcome on April 20,
2020, in a fierce battle with the novel coronavirus, after nearly
three weeks in hospital care. His wife was at his bedside, his
daughter on video providing music and an ancient Greek prayer
to accompany his last words and breath.
Peter was born on November 13, 1935, in Washington, DC, to
George and Bernice ("Bebe") Cokinos.
Among loving survivors are his wife, Alice Ralph of Ann Arbor, MI; daughter Chryssa Halley
(Steve) of Huntingtown, MD; grandsons, Steven Halley and Brian Halley; brother Roger
Cokinos of Potomac, MD; sister Patricia Cibel of Bethesda, MD; sister Lynda Cokinos (Mark
Noone) of Washington, DC; nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorably met, witty, sincere and
readily loyal, he leaves a large family of friends from coast to coast. Often doing his
homework in the Library of Congress.
Pete graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (1954), in Washington, DC. He
attended Georgetown University and American University before transferring to the University
of Miami, Florida, graduating with a degree in international economics.
After college, Pete returned to Washington, DC, and was called to duty in the peacetime draft
between Korean and Vietnam wars. After training, Pete was posted as a private with security
clearance, serving two years at the Pentagon. Pete's primary career was in college textbook
publishing with the former Wadsworth Publishing Company in Belmont, CA. Beginning in
1961, he was an early field representative on college campuses throughout an East Coast
region. His responsibilities expanded to management, training and recruitment throughout
the U.S. In 1974, Pete moved from his home base in Potomac, Maryland to manage the
Midwestern region based in Ann Arbor, MI.
He was in the forefront of bringing women into the sales force. He was an admired mentor
and helped launch many careers. Broadly curious, Pete avidly read printed material on nearly
any subject. He shunned all forms of digital communications and preferred to compose
thoughtful, handwritten letters. He had eclectic tastes in music, loved photography, bird
watching and cooking.
Living with Alice in the same house since 1976, Pete fed both people and birds, including an
adopted cockatiel that perched on his shoulder and groomed his beard. Although he was a
fan of the Farmers Market, he tended home gardens at the curb and on the roof.
In retirement, Pete gladly gave up air travel and enjoyed many cross-country road trips with
Alice, visiting friends and family along the way. Pete will always dwell among our funniest and
fondest memories deep in our hearts. Pete rarely missed a funeral, or any family event.
Due to limitations imposed by the pandemic, memorial gatherings for Pete will be postponed.
Remembrances may be posted, albeit digitally at www.muehligannarbor.com
Memorial donations may be made to Avalon Housing, Huron River Watershed Council (both
in Ann Arbor, MI), Sierra Club, ACLU, National Public Radio or to similar environmental,
human rights, housing, public or non-profit organizations.