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Peter M. Sturtevant

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter M. Sturtevant, a resident of Falls Village for more than 45 years, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2019. He was laid to rest in the Grassy Hill Cemetery in Falls Village. 

Peter loved the Northwest Corner. He spent weekends and summers here with his family and many friends, enjoying the sports and cultural offerings. Whether it was hiking, swimming or tennis in the summer, hockey and ice skating on the lake in the winter, the music programs, the Audubon Center, the children’s stories at the library in Falls Village, or volunteering at various events, Peter and his family enjoyed being part of the community. 

Peter spent 18 years at CBS News. He ran the CBS Saigon bureau during the Vietnam War. When he returned to the States, he was National Editor in charge of all U.S. news gathering for CBS News. 

Later he was Senior Producer in Special Events, where he produced, among other major stories, election coverage and space shuttle broadcasts. He was also in charge of CBS News’ coverage of President Reagan’s overseas trips, traveling with him regularly on Air Force One. 

After CBS, Peter worked at CNN and was later instrumental in the creation of CNBC, where he served as Vice President for Business News. 

What people loved about Peter was his generosity of spirit. Peter especially enjoyed working with young people. Some of his happiest times were spent coaching soccer, teaching tennis, organizing swim races, helping teens at the Boys and Girls Club, and mentoring young journalists. He even played Santa for various Christmas parties. After he retired Peter turned his attention to volunteering at the ASPCA and the Red Cross.

Peter is survived by his wife, Toni Siegel of Falls Village and New York City; his daughter, Gillian Sturtevant of Los Angeles, Calif.; his daughter, Amanda Norton, and son-in-law, Jon Norton, of Vienna, Va.; two grandchildren, Kyla and Wyatt Norton; his mother, Katharine Sturtevant; his sisters, Mary Rains and Katharine Johnson; his brother, Henry Sturtevant; his brothers-in-law, Doug Johnson and Dennis Rains; and three nephews. 

Services have already been held. Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.