Tributes paid to international writer Peter Coffey

York Press: Peter Coffey Peter Coffey

AN INTERNATIONAL economist and author who was born and brought up in York has died, aged 79.

A memorial service will be held at St Oswald’s Church, Fulford at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 15, in memory of Peter Coffey, who died suddenly in Seattle, USA.

His brother, Keith, said Peter was raised in Fulford and Acomb and attended Nunthorpe Grammar School, where he was involved in drama productions, and had a keen interest in the arts and theatre.

“Following military service in the Royal Navy, he studied at the Universities of Durham in Britain and Duke in the USA on a Fulbright Scholarship,” he said.

“In Europe, he held positions at the Universities of Loughborough and Amsterdam. As a result of his publications and lecturing skills, he was given the personal US West Chair in International Relations and Economics at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota, USA. He then held the Emeritus Chair at that University.”

Mr Coffey published more than 30 books. He recently completed a family history book, Four Brothers, set in wartime York.

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3:46pm Sat 4 May 13

Mr. Marcus says...

He will be sadly missed by many.
He lived a very full live.
May he rest in peace.
He will be sadly missed by many. He lived a very full live. May he rest in peace. Mr. Marcus

5:11pm Sun 5 May 13

lowbeam says...

Never heard of him,not exactly a son of York,but sleep gently..
Never heard of him,not exactly a son of York,but sleep gently.. lowbeam

6:46am Fri 10 May 13

polaczek says...

My father was an invited lecturer at the Europa Instituut (University of Amsterdam) in the mid seventies.  Peter, a faculty member of the institute, became a good friend of our family.
He visited us in Poland and later helped me in finding a position for undergraduate training in Amsterdam.  Now, living in the US, I tried to contact him to no avail.  Peter was an extremely nice person, a true intellectual.  I fondly remember the dinners, the concerts, the movies and many, many conversations we shared together.
My father was an invited lecturer at the Europa Instituut (University of Amsterdam) in the mid seventies.  Peter, a faculty member of the institute, became a good friend of our family. He visited us in Poland and later helped me in finding a position for undergraduate training in Amsterdam.  Now, living in the US, I tried to contact him to no avail.  Peter was an extremely nice person, a true intellectual.  I fondly remember the dinners, the concerts, the movies and many, many conversations we shared together. polaczek

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