Dr. Peter Jeffrey Kosseff

Jan 18, 1944 - Jun 07, 2022

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Dr. Peter Jeffrey Kosseff of Newport, Rhode Island passed away at home on June 7, 2022 after a valiant battle with cancer. He approached his fight against cancer with the same fortitude he applied to all aspects of his life. Throughout this time, the dedicated support of his family and steadfast ...

Dr. Peter Jeffrey Kosseff

January 18, 1944 - June 07, 2022

 
 

Aaron Joseph McGinley June 24, 2022

"Dr. Kosseff" , as I called him, met me when I was a young, suicidal, angry, sad, flailing 7th grader. Despite the turmoil I brought to him for every appt, he remained calm, compassionate, and honored my analytical approach to the world. Had he not been present, I might not have survived, and certainly wouldn't have finished high school. Years later, I myself am a therapist, and have often channeled his energy and sometimes approach as I look to help others. He will be missed. Much gratitude for those that were part of his life and helped shape him to become the person he was for me.

Jon Brett June 18, 2022

When I moved to Newport 3 decades ago, Peter was most welcoming and instrumental in helping me to set up shop professionally. Little did I know that this meeting would begin a relationship that would include a colleague, a mentor, but most preciously a close, supportive and everpresent friend,. It has been my honor and privilege to have known Peter over the years. Deepest condolences to Pam, Alex, Lauren and the extended family

August "Gus" Cordeiro June 18, 2022

I'm of the age where local obituaries are routinely of people I know as friends, neighbors, colleagues and family. But I didn't wasn't prepared to see Peter's picture on the obit page this morning. I'm deeply saddened by his passing. We go back a long time. Back to the time we both started at the Newport Mental Health Center and Newport Hospital. Our lives crossed paths many times. When I needed guidance, he was there for me. I wish I had been there for him. This is a terrible loss not only to his wife Pam, his family, and his many friends, clients and colleagues...but to the whole community. This is very sad news indeed. This world was a better place with Peter Kosseff in it.

August "Gus" Cordeiro
Former President & CEO
Newport Hospital

Penny Fitch June 17, 2022

Peter spent years working with us and our three foster children. His understanding of our situation was supportive and extremely helpful.. I think of him often and now send sympathies to his family.
Penny Fitch, Newport

J.Clement Cicilline June 17, 2022

I am deeply saddened about Peter's death. I offer my deepest condolences to Pam and the children. I remember Peter when he came to Newport to work as a Clinical Psychologist for the Newport County Community Mental Health Center (NCCMHC) and serve as its leader in providing clinical services to children and young adults. He was very dedicated and determined to see that young people got the services that they needed. I remember many meetings where Peter would speak out strongly on behalf of children with emotional problems. We were allies in the 'political' side of operations of the NCCMHC. (There was some tension between hospital-based and community-based services at the time. Peter and I shared a proclivity for the community-based approach. It was good to be able to discuss these things with him.) He was a strong advocate of family therapy. He mentored several graduate psych students from URI. He believed in working with schools and other entities in the community to help the 'whole' child. I knew him to be an honest, hard-working, clinically sound, very smart person who genuinely cared about people. More recently, I would see him in the neighborhood walking his dog and we would have an exchange of pleasantries. I will miss Peter and I will be keeping him in my prayers R.I.P.
J. Clement 'Bud' Cicilline
Former CEO - NCCMHC
Newport, RI

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