We are shocked and saddened to learn that Peter Mack died in a car accident on Thursday 5 October.

Peter earned his MPhil (1978) and PhD (1983) at the Warburg and returned to the Institute as Director from 2010 to 2014—on secondment from the University of Warwick, where he served as Chair of both the English Department and the Arts Faculty. A prolific author and scrupulous editor, he was one of our leading authorities on rhetoric and logic in Renaissance Europe. Many of us last saw him earlier this year at the British Academy’s celebration of Margaret McGowan (who chaired the Warburg’s Advisory Council during Peter’s Directorship), and his moving speech on that occasion can be found here.

Peter Mack Memorial 

Peter's family share the following message.

Friends, we invite you to celebrate the life of Peter Mack on:

Saturday 18th November, 11:30am King’s High Hall, King’s High School, Banbury Road, Warwick CV34 6YE   We would appreciate the presence of anyone who knew Peter. No need for flowers or gifts. Refreshments will follow the ceremony. There will be a live feed for those unable to attend. Details will be sent to those requesting it.   Please RSVP online by 3 November (please ignore the 30 October date on the form). We’ve received some beautiful written reflections on Peter, for which we are very grateful. We’d love to hear from you if you would like to compose something before the ceremony. Accessibility: The venue is on the ground floor of the King's High reception building, with parking just outside the entrance. There will be tiered seating, but flat floor seating will be reserved for guests who might find stairs more difficult.