NOD Remembers Peter Otto
NEW YORK (February 2, 2016) – Peter Otto had no formal role with the National Organization on Disability. What he did have was a love for the organization and a deep respect for its mission. He was a volunteer in the best sense of the word.
He was like a protective uncle – fretting about our finances, guiding us on technology, counseling us on management. Peter cared.
During all of this, he was battling multiple myeloma – a progressive condition that sapped his energy and required treatments that laid him low at times. That was belied by the smiles and jokes that accompanied his wise and often stern advice.
Earlier this week, he lost the battle with his disease. He leaves us with the spirit to fight on to help others.
– Ken Roman, Director
Towards the end of Peter’s life, one or another of us at NOD would call or email him for a get-together. Of course his health was rapidly declining, but until the end, he would say, “well I’ve been under the weather, but I should be back in the pink in a few weeks, so let’s plan something then.”
Either he meant it, forever the optimist, or forever caring about his friends and loved ones, he was putting our minds at rest about his health. Either way Peter Otto showed a rare display of character, wit, resilience and generosity of spirit. He will be missed by all of us who worked with him.
– Carol Glazer, President