November 29, 2018
Peter Hoss, a member of the Board of Directors of The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park, passed on November 29, 2018, in Monterey, California.
The Adams and Hoss families have been close friends since the 1920s, when Herman Hoss was the personnel director in Yosemite for the Yosemite Park and Curry Company and the Yosemite Magistrate. Della Hoss was an artist, Ansel Adams was photographing, and Virginia Best Adams was helping her artist father Harry Best in his Yosemite studio. In Yosemite, at the Lewis Memorial Hospital, Michael Adams was born in 1933 and Peter Hoss was born six months later in 1934; they have been close friends since infancy. Their wives and children have long been friends and all have artistic influences coursing through their veins. Peter and his family moved to Palo Alto during World War II, and later Peter and Michael were in the same class at Stanford. Peter received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1958, ultimately settled in Salinas and practiced law with Noland, Hamerly, Etienne and Hoss. His love of Yosemite, where he was born, continued throughout his long, engaged life. Peter was passionate about justice and accountability and would go to great lengths to defend established rights. An example was his testifying before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation July 9,2013 regarding Public Impacts of Closing Amenities in Yosemite.
All of us at The Ansel Adams Gallery who knew Peter will miss his insights, knowledge, friendship and presence. We all will continue to know and love his sons Martino (artist), Vincent (architect) and their families.
Jeanne Falk Adams, former President and General Manager of The Ansel Adams Gallery