Friday, May 11, 2012

Goodbye, Peter

I'm greatly saddened to hear of the death of my colleague Peter David, our Washington Bureau Chief, writer of the Lexington column and a friend.

The last time we met was at the end of April, when he and some colleagues from Washington came to Chicago to meet with the Obama Campaign team. It was a lovely spring day. We met in the sunshine outside the Prudential Tower.

He told me that he had spent the morning going for a walk down Navy Pier, and said I was lucky to live in such a beautiful city. It is, indeed, a lovely walk from downtown to the lake. We had coffee, and he proudly showed me his new ipad (red leather cover). Peter was a generous and considerate friend, and always available to offer advice and support. I miss him.

He was lost in a car accident. It's a terrible tragic waste of a man of enormous talent.

Updated: 

Peter David's blog as Lexington
Economist's D.C. chief dies in car crash, Politico. (With many remembrances from colleagues)
Some great pictures of Peter David.
Picture of Peter meeting Arafat shortly before Arafat's death in 2004. 
Peter's biography on our staff pages. Prior to joining the Economist he worked at Nature magazine.
Beautiful piece by our former deputy editor, Clive Crook, who is now with the Atlantic.
Washington Post obituary. May require subscription.
The Economist tribute to Peter David.