In Memory

Peter 'Pete' Westerlind - Class Of 1956

Peter 'Pete' Westerlind

Peter Bruce Westerlind passed away peacefully on June 12, 2014, in Shoreline, Washington. Pete was born December 9, 1937 in Rockford, Illinois to Gertrude and Walfred Westerlind.  He spent his early childhood in Rockford before his family moved to California where he attended middle and high school. He graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1956 where he had played football and enjoyed playing pranks with his best friends. He studied economics at the University of California Santa Barbara earning a bachelor's degree in 1962. He also played football for UCSB and enjoyed surfing.

Pete did graduate studies in anthropology at UCSB and earned his PhD in 1978. He met his wife Eva in Croatia in 1972 while doing field work for his dissertation. He also lived in Israel from 1973-1974 where he studied the economics of cooperatives on two kibbutzim. Pete and Eva had many adventures in Croatia, Israel, Sweden and Southern California before they settled to raise their daughters in Kirkland, Washington. The family enjoyed skiing and hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Pete also loved windsurfing on Lake Washington with his friends.

Pete had a long career as an independent investment advisor in Bellevue, Washington and really enjoyed his relationships with his clients.

He is survived by his wife, Eva; daughters and sons-in-law, Linnea Westerlind and David McFeely; and Erika and Jason Krumbeck; and four grandchildren, Liam, Evan, Graham, and Annika. He is also survived by his brother Richard Westerlind of Fort Myers, Florida.
We will miss Pete's enthusiasm and irreplaceable sense of humor.



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06/23/14 03:30 PM #1    

Barbara 'Amber' Wilson (Starr) (1956)

So sad...he was such a great guy with an incredible sense of humor.  He made my high school life so wonderful and I will always remember and cherish our time together.  Gert and Warf were really good friends of mine also. 

Condolences to Eva and his family.

In Memory Always

Amber Starr

06/25/14 08:50 AM #2    

Tom Bauer (1956)

Pete and I were good friends and often friendly rivals from junior high through high school.  When it came to competing for the affection of a female classmate, Pete always won. Who could compete with his looks and charm.  In athletics we often split even.  Our rivalry was renewed in our sophomore years of college when Pete played football for UCSB and I for Occidental. Our friendship was revived at the 50th reunion and in subsequent email correspondent.  After reading the above obituary I was so glad that Pete lived such an interesting and productive life.  He was a standout in a class of superstars.

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