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“Peter, after 3 years I still of you often. Your counsel and guidance was a gift from the heavens. David ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: David Newby - Somerville, TN

“Peter, you were well loved. You found happiness. What a rich man! You deserve perfect peace. Sally ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Sally Quinn Hendee - Milford, PA

“I remember your cheerful sharing of stories. You and your junior year abroad at the University of Vienna, were the reason that my younger sister...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Kurt, MD - Aspen, CO

“RIP Peter! Although time and years separated us, I was happy to have connected via email over the last few years. My best to the family at this sad...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Katie Lenahan Kearney - CA

“To my mentor and friend, your counsel will be missed. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Josh Cannon - Atlanta, GA

“I am so grateful to have known you and for your help through some hard times. I will carry your memory with me always. Thank you for your...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: David Newby - Somerville TN, TN

“Leave a condolence or a memory.Your wisdom fed our spirits and your encouragement strengthened our hearts. We will always cherish you, our beautiful ...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Amber Whitworth - Memphis, TN

“Peter, You were a delightful, kind, funny man. I always enjoyed hearing the thoughts you had to share. You touched many people throughout your life...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Jane Shoemaker - Murray, KY

“You profoundly influenced my life, and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you very much for all of your wisdom and friendship. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Van Menard - Memphis, TN - Friend

“I am so very grateful that I was given the years I had to know you and all of your wisdom. Missing you very much. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Betsy Fox - Memphis, TN - Friend

“Missing you so much but am so very grateful for your time, mentorship and love. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Preston Archer - memphis, TN

“You will be so very missed kind man... ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jill Carney & Ben Perry - Memphis, TN


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Dr. Peter Joseph Quinn died on May 17, 2013, peacefully in his home in the presence of family, friends, and caregivers. He was 74.

Dr. Quinn was born in Montclair, New Jersey, the eldest son of Ellin and Peter Joseph Quinn. He graduated from St. Peter¹s Preparatory School and received a BS in 1960 from Notre Dame. During his junior year, Peter studied in Vienna, which inspired his lifelong appreciation of music and opera.

In 1964 Peter graduated from Georgetown School of Medicine with an MD and completed his residency training in urology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He was stationed in Millington as an officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and stayed in Memphis, joining his future father-in-law's medical practice in 1975 and serving on the faculty of the University of Tennessee Department of Pediatric Urology.

Dr. Quinn was committed to medicine and recovery; he was a dedicated member of the recovery community in Memphis and touched many lives through sponsorship and almost daily attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

He was a passionate man, enthusiastic about music, opera, theater, golf, literature, fine dining, and the arts. For the last 20 years he took literature classes at Rhodes College, and actively participated in the Memphis Speakers Club, The Journal Review Club, The Memphis Wine and Food Society, and more recently attended the Amen Bible Study at Second Presbyterian Church. Peter was also a longtime member of the Memphis Country Club and The University Club.

Dr. Quinn dedicated his life to helping others and learning. He truly lived life to the fullest and defied many odds throughout his nine-year battle with cancer. Peter is survived by his wife Sheppie of Memphis, daughter Aggie of San Francisco, California, and brother Hugh, who lives in Hilton Head South Carolina.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, at 12:30 in the afternoon, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the funeral. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Second Presbyterian, or St. John's Episcopal Church.

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