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Peter Marc Allan Moretti, PhD. died of cancer on Saturday, July 8, in Fort Worth, TX. Peter was born in Zurich, Switzerland on April 13, 1935, to Irma (Kesselring) and Allan Moretti. His family moved to Santa Barbara, CA. when he was 14 and he graduated from High School in Santa Barbara. Peter graduated from Caltech University with Bachelors and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and was a Fulbright Scholar in Darmstadt, Germany after graduation. He completed his PhD. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. After working in industry in Germany and Pennsylvania for several years, Peter took a position at Oklahoma State University and became a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He taught at OSU for 36 years, from 1970 until his retirement in 2006, teaching thousand of engineering students, some of whom are still in touch. His research led to a few fortuitous observations which ended up in engineering textbooks. Peter also served as Chairman of the Faculty Council at OSU. His hobbies were Barbershop Quartet Singing (Bass) for most of his life and later also cars, building a roadster when he retired at 71. He served as an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scouts, and served in many volunteer roles at First Christian Church in Stillwater, and Ridglea Christian Church in Fort Worth. In his own words: "he read a lot of books, lived in different parts of the world, and was never bored. He was proudest of his five children who all grew up to be good citizens and great company. He was most grateful for his wife, Johanna, who supported him in all aspects of his life".
Peter was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Vera Moretti, and a sister and brother-in-law Maria and George Herold of Santa Barbara.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Johanna Tate Moretti, and five children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Stephen and Jodi Moretti and son Max of Manitowoc, WI. Susan (Moretti) and John Fairbrother, Sam and Nina of Montreal, CA. Lisa (Moretti) and Jay Croft, Emily and Katy. Also Wyatt Ayers, Brea, and great-grandson Ganon, of Stillwater, OK. Martin and Pauline Moretti, Peter Benjamin and Jasmine Rose Moretti of Fort Worth. Adrienne Moretti of Fort Worth, and 14 nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at Ridglea Christian Church 6720 Elizabeth Lane, Fort Worth, Texas, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.
Published on July 10, 2017
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