A memorial service for Peter Wollheim, the suicide prevention advocate and retired Boise State University professor, has been scheduled for early October. Wollheim died July 21 by suicide at his home in Boise.
The service will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Congregation Ahavath Beth-Israel, 11 N. Latah St., Boise. It will be open to the public.
“Peter was always so generous of spirit and service, but as much as he wanted to help, he just couldn’t do it anymore,” Susan Randall, a close friend who serves as associate director of University Television Productions, said in an August news release from BSU. “I will miss his hearty laugh, insight into so many aspects of life and his eccentricities.”
Wollheim served as co-chairman of the Idaho Commission on Suicide Prevention, was a founding board member of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Network and managed a local suicide prevention hotline for 15 years. He also was a presenter on suicide at national and international conferences. He established the nation’s first certified crisis worker preparation program, on the BSU campus. He also frequently contributed articles on mental health to Boise Weekly.
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Wollheim taught in the university’s Communication Department from 1989 to 2012. He continued teaching as an adjunct instructor for a year while starting a career as a mental health counselor in Boise.