In Memory of




Obituary for Peter Hefty Sammond

Peter Hefty Sammond, 90 years, of Minnetonka, passed away on August 19, in his home surrounded by loving family. Born on January 16, 1933 to Frederic Charles and Marie Freitag Sammond in Milwaukee, WI. Received a BA in business from William’s College, an MS in Hospital Administration from the University of Chicago, and an MS in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corp from 1955-1957. Peter enjoyed professional success as the CEO of Mt. Sinai Hospital, as a family-business consultant with RSM McGladrey, and as an entrepreneur through his own business, Pabetaber, LLC. Peter chose a career in business, but delighted everyone with his artistic skill, creativity, and humor. He was a multi-sport athlete, a masterful painter, and a lifelong learner and educator, notably through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the U of MN. He read voraciously and was a citizen who relished civil discourse about important issues and causes. With family and friends, Peter shared his passion for travel, sailing, tennis, cycling, hiking, cooking, and cars. His adventuresome spirit and curious mind often brought people together—sharing meals, teaching and learning in a classroom, sailing on a lake, hiking along a nature trail, pausing on a ski slope, or tending to and enjoying one of his many backyard gardens. Peter’s family adored him for his kindness, grace, humor, and loyalty. Through his wisdom and tender heart, he guided and supported them and many friends—he had the rare ability to make one feel seen, heard, and loved. He was devoted to his wife of 47 years, Mary Kay Zagaria-Sammond, his children, Doug Sammond (Deanne), Karen Hoke (John), David Sammond, grandchildren, Andrew Sammond, Connor Sammond, J. Riley Hoke, Owen Hoke, Wyatt Hoke, Olivia Sammond, Nicolas Sammond, as well as many extended family members. Peter’s parents Frederic and Marie, and brother John Stowell Sammond precede him in death. Peter’s gentle soul will continue to comfort and inspire all that knew him in life. He has blessed the earth, making it a more pleasant place to dwell. Funeral service Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 1 PM ~ Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of MN.
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