Peter Verveer Tishler

Peter Verveer Tishler, 83, of Watertown, formerly of Brookline, died on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was the beloved and loving husband of Sigrid Lemlein Tishler, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Boston to the late Max and Elizabeth Verveer Tishler, he grew up in New Jersey and attended Harvard College.

Peter’s memory will be cherished by his devoted children, Jordan Tishler and his wife Lori, Alison Tishler and her fiancé, Craig Carpenter, and his loving grandchildren, Alexander Lee Cantrell and his fiancée, Lexi Lang, Joshua Max Cantrell, Benjamin Tishler Cantrell, and Rebecca Elise (Ellie) Tishler. Peter also leaves behind his brother, Carl Tishler and his wife Bonnie Katz of Columbus, OH, as well as his nephew, Jake Tishler and his wife Molly Hersh. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Steven Cantrell. Other relatives, many friends, colleagues, and generations of trainees remember him with fondness.

A graduate of Yale School of Medicine, Peter was the consummate academic physician. He loved the care of patients, research, and teaching at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and Boston City Hospital. He trained generations of residents and never forgot his own teachers at the former Boston City Hospital. He was an avid gardener, growing orchids and participating in land conservation. He loved music and never missed a piano recital by any of his grandchildren. He instilled in his children and grandchildren both a love of nature and a strong social conscience.

Services will be held privately due to COVID-19 public health restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Peter’s memory to either Dr. Dickerson’s Dementia Research Program or to the Mount Grace Land Conservation. Address information and instructions appear below.

Arrangements under the direction of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel,

Dr. Dickerson’s Dementia Research Program in the Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders Unit. Donations made by check: Payable to “MGH Dr. Dickerson Lab” Memo: “In Memory of Peter Tishler” c/o Alexandra Van Strien Mass General Development Office 125 Nashua Street, Ste 540 Boston MA 02114 Gifts may be made online:

Mount Grace Land Conservation

Donations made by check: Mount Grace Land Conservation 1461 Old Keene Rd. Athol MA 01331

Gifts may be made online:

Arrangements under the direction of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel,


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Dan Pietro

January 27, 2021

I loved working with Peter as we develop the Brockton VA training program. I always used to kid him about how the fire in his red hair caused him to over react to certain things. We were very different personalities and at one time when I was quite upset about some circumstance as was he, I made the comment that I was trying to decide whether I was going to get heated and angry over the circumstance. Peter made it clear that anger is not something you think about at least not the way it worked for him. It was always fun and exciting working with him he will be missed . My condolences to all the Tishler family.