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Dr. Frank D. Peto


DR. FRANK D. PETO passed away July 11, 2008 in Houston, Texas. Dr. Peto was a philosopher, professor, lecturer, author, husband, father and brother. He was born in 1912 in Szeged, Hungary. Dr. Peto received a post doctorate philosophical degree from Université Sorbornne, France. Upon completion of his studies, he joined the French army to fight Hitler.

After WW2, he became the Secretary General of the Freedom Party in southern Hungary to fight communism. He escaped Hungary in 1948 and immigrated to the USA in 1950, eventually settling in Houston, Texas. Dr. Peto was a former professor at Texas Southern University. Prior to his professorship, he taught at Lamar High School. Since retiring, Dr. Peto has lectured in Hungary and the USA. He has written three books and founded the Sophocracy philosophical movement. He was a founding member of the Hungarian American Cultural Association in the 1950’s.

He is survived by his wife, Ulrike, his children Lel, Melinda, and Miranda, his son-in-law, Scott Delmonico, his grandchildren Marie Moers, Alex Delmonico, Julien Delmonico, and Tamas Delmonico and his sister Lilly Parducz. The memorial service and reception will be held Thursday, July 17, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at Bradshaw Carter Memorial & Funeral Services, 1734 West Alabama Street, Houston, Texas, (713) 521-0066. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Frank D. Peto may be sent to the Hungarian American Cultural Association of Houston, PO Box 35355, Houston, Texas 77035 or the charity of your choice. Tributes may be posted online at

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 7/13/2008