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Judith A. Peter, 68

Mar 13, 2016

Washington D.C. Judith Coates Peter, a Washington, D.C. radio newscaster and television writer, passed away on March 1, 2016, at the age of 68.

Jude began her broadcast journalism career in the 1970s in the Midwest as a radio personality and producer at radio stations in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Washington D.C. in the early 1980s and ultimately become a lead newscaster at all-news WTOP-Radio. She moved to writing for television news organizations, finishing her career as Senior Writer at WJLA7-TV in 2002.

Jude was a fierce defender of the journalism profession. Her radio voice was authoritative and engaging. Her writing was to the point. Her opinions on politics, business, sports and literature were expressed with confidence.

In retirement Jude enjoyed reading and walking. She loved to vacation on Lake Michigan. She cherished her time watching horse races at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and keeping score at Minn-Iowa Golf Club in Elmore.

Judith Ann Coates was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 23, 1947 to John Henry Coates and Mary Jane Komurka Blom. She graduated from Saugatuck, Michigan High School and Western Michigan University.

She met her husband, Lynden Peter, in 1990. They married on April 2, 2000 and lived in the same Glover Park neighborhood their entire time together.

She is survived by her husband, Lynden; brother Allen (Joyce) Coates, Elyria, Ohio; sister, Michelle Schulte, Wilmington, North Carolina, Becky (Johnny) Williams, Bonita Beach, Florida, and Laura (Troy) Fraebel, Lexington, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews and grandchildren.

Jude was a member of the Church of the Annunciation Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Her favorite charity was the Young Life Youth Organization, were her niece Jill Fraebel is a volunteer.

Memorial services will be held in Lexington, Kentucky on April 16 and in Elmore on May 29, 2016.