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Peter G. Ashman died on August 5, 2013 at the age of 61. Although he lived in Alaska, he died at his daughter's home in California. He was born in Amarillo, Texas and traveled the world with his military family. He graduated from high school in New York, studied at Dartmouth and then the University of Maryland, where he received a Bachelor's degree in history. His fondness for the book To Kill a Mockingbird inspired him to attend the University of Virginia to study law.

In 1987 Peter was appointed as a District Court Judge in Palmer, Alaska. He was on the bench for 16 years and made a significant impact on the legal community of Alaska. His professional accomplishments are numerous and distinguished. He received the Judge Nora Guinn award in 2013 by the Alaska Bar Association for his work in providing aid to rural communities, especially the Alaskan native population.

Peter's interests included photography, poetry, music, and art. His last great love was the ukulele and he formed a ukulele group of Alaskan judges and lawyers.

Peter was a member of The Red Circle in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s. He published articles in many Sherlockian journals, created a short-lived scion society called "The Pawky Humorists" which issued a single newsletter, and was a founding member of an epicurean scion in Washington, D.C. called "The Dining Detectives."

Peter Ashman was invested into the Baker Street Irregulars in 1982 as "Peter Steiler the Elder."

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