Peter Hochschild, longtime “snowbird” and supporter of Sanibel causes, died of natural causes in St. Louis, Mo on Monday, Feb. 12, 2010. He was 96.
Hochschild was born in Alsace, Colmar (then Germany, now part of France) in 1913, and came to the United States at the age of 20, settling in St. Louis. He met the former Henrietta Maizner in 1937 and they married in 1940.
Hochschild attended Washington University in St. Louis in accounting while working at a local shoe company, and received the Elliott Sells Silver Medal for the second highest score in the country on the national Certified Public Accountant examination. He was the longtime senior partner of the public accounting firm Hochschild, Bloom and Company, published numerous articles in tax magazines and business journals, and was active on the boards of the local Jewish Federation, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services and the St. Louis Covenant/Chai Senior Apartments.
He gave generously of his time to SCORE, an organization devoted to helping small business men and women, especially minorities, get started, and he also volunteered at the Music Library at Webster Groves, MO. He and Henrietta were charter members of Temple Bat Yam.
Hocschild was deeply devoted to his family, whom he and Henrietta gathered in Sanibel for family reunion every two years from 1974 until the last reunion in 2004.
Henrietta passed away in Fort Myers in February, 2000; their son Steven died in 1982. Hochschild is survived by another son, Robert Hochschild, a daughter, Carla Hochschild, a daughter-in-law Christine Ditmeyer, a sister-in-law Marion Perkoff, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held in St. Louis on Feb. 16 for immediate family and close friends; a larger such event is planned for the spring.