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Svalheim, R. (1998). Peter Andreas Holter 1927-1998. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 21(2):232-235.

(1998). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 21(2):232-235

Peter Andreas Holter 1927-1998

Roar Svalheim

Peter Andreas Holter died on 31 March 1998 at his home, nearly 71 years old. After having received the fatal diagnosis of cancer, he still had just over one year to spend together with his beloved wife Kristin, their children and grandchildren. His family and friends were glad to see that he enjoyed many good moments, even during this final year and that they got the opportunity to show him their devotion and high regard.

With the death of Peter Andreas Holter, one of the most prominent figures in the development and organisation of Norwegian psychology and psychoanalysis has left the stage where he so often had to play the leading part. As a chief organiser of the Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society, he continued the work which had been initiated by the pioneers in the thirties. The pioneers left their mark on the domestic cultural arena, fighting for a psychoanalytic understanding of the human mind and for psychoanalysis as therapy. This heritage was carried on by Pea's postwar generation, which stressed the importance of training clinical psychoanalysts. In this way, they became less conspicuous in the public debate, although certainly of no less importance.

Peter Andreas Holter was called Pea by all who knew him. Even though his personal style was thoroughly urban, “correct” and seemingly formal, it feels unnecessarily ceremonious, almost unnatural, to speak of him using his full name.

Pea was one of the first students to be educated at the University of Oslo to become a professionally working psychologist.

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