Peter Link AbernethyJuly 23, 1935 ~ October 10, 2017 (age 82)
Peter Link Abernethy
July 23, 1935 - October 10, 2017
Life History – Peter Link Abernethy, Jr
Peter Link Abernethy, Jr. was born July 26, 1935, in Hickory, North Carolina. He was the oldest child of Peter Link Abernethy, Sr. and Jessie White Abernethy. He attended Hickory public schools, graduating from Hickory High School in 1953. Then he attended N.C. State College in Raleigh, NC. A veteran, Peter served in the US Army Signal Corps from 1956 to 1958. He was stationed in Japan. After his honorable discharge, he completed his college education, earning his BA, and later his Masters degree in literature from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1965. After teaching at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, he completed his PhD in Literature in 1973.
Peter moved to Boise and joined the Morrison Knudsen Corporation where he spent six years as a technical writer. Many of the years between 1984 and 1989 he worked in Saudi Arabia.
Upon his return to Boise, Pete joined Hewlett Packard, retiring from there in 1994. Later, he was employed by Lemley International, Inc., where he was a writer and facilitator during the planning and construction of the Channel Tunnel between England and France.
A meticulous wood worker and craftsman, he built beautiful pieces of furniture as well as musical instruments. He built a pipe organ, harpsichord and several viola da gambas as well as music stands for his enjoyment. He played with a group in Boise and was a supporter the Boise Baroque Orchestra and The Viola da Gama Society of America. He enjoyed attending musical events and conventions with others who enjoyed Baroque music.
Peter was predeceased by his parents and his brothers William Randolph (Randy) Abernethy and John Gregory Abernethy. He is survived by his sister, Hannah A. Frenier, and many nieces and nephews.
Peter was a Renaissance Man, enjoying art, music, literature and friends and family. He brought joy to many.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Viola da Gamba Society of America, PO Box 582628, Minneapolis, MN 55458-2628, or The Boise Barique Chamber Orchestra, 1120 W. Main Street, Suite 311, Boise, ID 83702.