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January 9, 2014

Peter M. Johngren

Peter M. Johngren

HARTWICK — Peter Morgan Johngren died Saturday, Jan. 4, at his home surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness. He would have been 73 on Jan. 18.

Peter was born in Brockton, Mass., in 1941, the first child of Alton Elof Johngren and Ruth Bonhotal Morgan. He attended Brockton public schools and graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. He graduated from Albany Medical College in 1967 and finished his psychiatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 1971.

Peter served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington, from 1971 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. He was employed by M.I. Bassett Hospital beginning in July 1973 and served as attending psychiatrist on the inpatient unit until 1997. He continued as a consulting psychiatrist until his full retirement in 2002.

While still in medical school Peter married Jane Ann Schaefer, who he had met at Tufts in 1962, in Westport, Conn. His two children, Emily Ruth Johngren Ward and Michael Peter Johngren, were born during his residency in Cleveland.

An amateur photographer since the eighth grade, when he began developing and printing his own black and white images, Peter experimented with color printing and enthusiastically embraced digital photography and printing with Photoshop from its beginnings. He studied photography with George Lepp, Gary Randorf, and Carl Heilman II, among others, and with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and John Radigan’s Adirondack Photography Institute.

Peter’s nature photographs have been shown in exhibits at the Cooperstown Art Association, the Central New York Community Arts Council at The Stanley in Utica, The Smithy-Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown, Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts (now CANO) in Oneonta, the Arts Guild of Old Forge (now View), Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, and the Yager Museum at Hartwick College. He also participated in arts festivals in Saratoga Springs and Inlet. His image “In the Dawn’s Early Light” won the award for Best Adirondack Photograph in Old Forge in 2006.

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