Dr. Peter David Lichtenstein, 67, of New Paltz, NY, respected local chiropractor and acupuncturist, died on Sunday, October 14, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Peter is survived by his loving partner of many years, Lynne Rachlin; his brother, Mark Lichtenstein and partner, Bob Barci and many dear friends.
The son of the late Joseph and Eleanor (Fix) Lichtenstein, Peter was born on May 19, 1951, in New York. He grew up in New York City and Long Island and graduated from Alfred University with degrees in fine and performing arts and elementary education. After a brief time working in education and many years working as an industrial filmmaker, he enrolled at the Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he received his doctorate in chiropractic medicine and became a licensed acupuncturist in 1992. In 1993, he opened his solo chiropractic and acupuncture practice in New Paltz, where he provided healing care to countless local residents for the past 25 years. He also became a respected professor at the continuing education department at Northwestern Health Sciences University, traveling to Minnesota seven weekends a year for almost 15 years to teach acupuncture to chiropractors.
Peter had a lifelong love of the outdoors and was an accomplished rock climber and kayaker. He also was a skilled gourmet cook and loved hosting friends for his acclaimed New Year’s Day brunch, annual chocolate party, wine tastings, food club and movie nights. He and Lynne loved dancing together and enjoyed attending the annual Dance Flurry in Saratoga, as well as local dance events. Peter will be sorely missed by the many dear friends, colleagues and patients who benefited from his generosity, kindness and incredibly exuberant spirit and love for life.
Donations can be made in Peter’s memory to Hudson Valley Hospice (HVHospice.org) or a charity of your choice.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 10 am at Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY.
Copeland Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family of Peter by visiting www.copelandfhnp.com