Peter Alan Fowler

April 5, 1936 - May 17, 2015
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Dr. Peter Alan Fowler, 79, of Oakland passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Berkeley, CA. Peter was born in New Jersey on April 5, 1936. Dr. Fowler received both his Bachelor’s in Economics and his Doctorate in Mathematical Analysis from Rutgers University. Peter moved in 1970 to Castro Valley, California to take a position as Professor of Mathematics at California State University Hayward, fulfilled as his tenure, retiring as Professor Emeritus. During his tenure, Peter moved to Oakland where he remained for 40 years. At age 5, Peter was diagnosed with polio which caused him many challenges throughout his life. He overcame these challenges with his dauntless tenacity. To the extent that Peter became a prolific yachtsman, racing his beloved Cal 20, Upper Bound, to the National Championships numerous years. He was a member of the Richmond Yacht Club, SPCA, and National Parks Conservatory.

Mr. Fowler is survived by a son, Geoffrey Fowler, and a daughter, Monica Fowler; two sisters, Phyllis Sanders and Polly Thropp; three grandchildren, Amanda, Tiffany, and Madelyn; daughter-in-law, Jamie Fowler; caretakers and friends, Tsiggy and Jun.

A Celebration of Peter’s Life will be held at the Richmond Yacht Club, 351 Brickyard Cove Rd, Richmond, CA on Tuesday, June 16 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. If questions, please contact Sunset View Mortuary for details, (510) 525-5111. You may express your condolences at www.Sunsetviewcemetery.com. Arrangements entrusted to Sunset View Mortuary, El Cerrito, CA.

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Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Richmond Yacht Club


351 Brickyard Cove Road, Richmond, CA, 94801


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Born: April 5, 1936
Died: May 17, 2015

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Joy Sigmon posted on 4/8/22

I am so sorry I didn't know about Dr. Fowler's passing. He was my professor in graduate school. I picked him up and brought him to my retirement party in 2013. I'm sorry I didn't realize sooner that he was gone--it took a few years of being the only one to post "Happy birthday" on Facebook. Dr. Fowler was a fantastic professor who spent many hours on the phone helping me with homework! I was a math teacher and Dr. Fowler would answer my questions whenever I had a high level question. I hope he is enjoying life in heaven--he was a great and generous teacher.


Monica D posted on 7/17/15

A former math professor of mine (early 2000s). Years later, I would see him on occasion at the coffee shop on Alcatraz and College in Berkeley. He was a wonderful man. Monica D.


carl stoops posted on 6/11/16

I spent many of the most wonderful days and years of my life sailing and working with Peter on his Cal 20 "Upper Bound." He trusted me to sail Upper Bound several times from such places as Oakland to San Francisco single handed for the next day's race. We raced many weekly races at Berkeley and Richmond Yacht clubs and won several times. I just learned last night through Google why he wasn't answering my emails. It was and is a very emotional time for me. I was very comforted by my loving wife. (Sat. 06/11/2016) Thank you Sunset View for this opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings even at this late discovery time. Carl Stoops


Gary Lippman posted on 6/11/15

Peter Fowler was a much loved colleague, friend and neighbor of ours for 44 years. I often stopped to talk with him at Cole Coffee in North Oakland when I was out for a walk during recent years. We miss him very much, and certainly have great respect and love for him. / Gary and Catherine Lippman