August 27, 2012

Peter Harold Salter

Peter H. Salter age 70 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at his home in Lincoln.  He was born on November 17, 1941 in Pierce, Nebraska to Harold and Arlene (Mankse) Salter.  Peter earned his BA in Music from the University of Nebraska and his Master’s Degree in French Horn from the University of Southern California.  He was a Professor of Music at Muskingum University in Ohio and Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  He was very active in theater and music. Peter is best known as a musician and composer.

Peter is survived by his sister, Carol Salter of Morrison, Colorado; numerous cousins and many friends.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service for Peter will be announced at a later date.



  1. Peter Salter is somebody I will always remember as an exceptionally kind, thoughtful, creative, intelligent, non-judgmental and generous person. He was very gifted musically and played the French horn sensitively and beautifully. I loved listening to his playing “Pavane for a Dead Princess” in the Lincoln High School Orcestra, in which I was one of the violinists. It is a beautiful piece, and he played it beautifully. I will always think of him when I hear that music. He was a talented composer as well.
    It is truly a tragic loss to his many friends and his family for him to die at such an early age. He loved life and should have enjoyed many more productive years. The world has lost some of its brightness with his premature departure. I will miss him and I will think of him often, with fondness.

  2. Peter was a dear friend, fellow alum from LHS and a colleague-musician at UNL. I last saw him in Lincoln 6 years ago, when we had several lovely reunions at his house and dinners together in various places (I have lived outside the USA and Nebraska for the last 50 years, which is why we were not in touch for a looooong time).
    RIP Peter.
    Please let me know if there are any funds set up in his name, as I will very gladly donate what I can to them.
    Barbara Chasson
    (violinis/violist-now retired)

  3. Peter and I were in the Lincoln Youth Symphony in its first year, and again 50 years later for a special anniversary concert. When he was an associate with the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, he and I collaborated on arranging a suite of fiddle tunes for orchestra, and it was a great thrill for me to play these with the Pasadena Pops at Descanso Gardens. I’ll always have fond memories of Peter and his love for music.

  4. i miss you grandpa


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