IN MEMORIAM: Peter H. Strife, II

by Jane Ahrens

Dr. Peter H. Strife II passed away peacefully at his home in New York City on August 22, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife Annabel O’Connor Strife and his children Peter H. Strife III, G. Andrew Strife, Molly S. Lombardi (John), and Sarah S. Barnwell (Michael). He is remembered fondly by his grandchildren Josie & Peter IV (Strife), Lillian (Strife), Kylie, Paige & Hayden (Lombardi) and Michael, Megan & Connor (Barnwell).

Dr. Strife was a graduate of Middlebury College and The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He had a private dental practice in Manhattan for 43 years. After gaining his dental degree, he served in the United States Air Force. Throughout his career he continued his military commitment, retiring as Commander from the United States Navy Reserve. He was a Fellow in, and past-President of the New York Academy of Dentistry, a Fellow in the American College of Dentistry, and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. He served as a Trustee to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and was a Trustee and past-President of the Dental Clinics of The Boys’ Club of New York. In 2007, he received the Humanitarian Award from The New York Academy of Dentistry for his many years of dedication and service to Boys’ Club of New York Dental Clinics. He was an Associate Professor of Prosthetic Dentistry at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and a Facilitator in the Ethics Program for many years. He was a member and past President of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, and a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society.

Peter Strife was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend to the many who had the fortune to be a part of his blessed life. To his chosen field of Dentistry, he brought a professionalism, integrity and compassion for which he will always be remembered by his associates, peers, students and of course patients. However, in the role he cherished most, he became known as Poppy. It is with a great hole in their hearts and lives, that his wife of 52 years and adoring family say farewell to their faithful leader. God Bless.

Funeral services will be held at The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer at 869 Lexington Ave (66th) on Monday, August 28th at 10:30 AM. A reception will follow. A private burial service will be held on Fishers Island, NY on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in his honor to The Boys’ Club of New York ( or The Dominican Foundation, 141 E 65th St, New York, NY.

Published on from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2017

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