Peter Ashurkoff



PETER ASHURKOFF passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia. He was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1932 to Boris and Tanya Ashurkoff. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, and while there became a U.S. citizen. He went on to graduate with honors from Princeton University in 1953 before earning his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He began his career at General Motors Co. in Detroit, MI just prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army for service in Okinawa, Japan from 1955 to 1957. Upon his discharge, he returned to his job with GM in Detroit, where he met his future wife, Patricia Dow (Trish). The couple was married at the historic Mariners Church of Detroit in 1958.

Peter spent the next forty years working for GM, including a five year assignment in Mexico City early in his career.

He and Trish settled in Grand Blanc, MI with their two young children following their return from Mexico. Peter finished out his career as a Design Engineer with Buick and Powertrain in Flint, MI. He was issued multiple United States Patents for automotive innovations and was well known for his attention to detail.



Peter and Trish were active members of the First Congregational Church of Grand Blanc and volunteered throughout the community. In his spare time, Peter enjoyed playing golf and tennis. Upon retirement, he and Trish relocated to Ashburn, VA to be closer to family.

He is survived by his son, Stephen (Ellen) of Ashburn, VA and daughter, Cathy (Terry) of Cocoa Beach, FL and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Trish.