William Wesley Peters, an architect who devoted much of his career to preserving and promoting the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, died yesterday at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis. He was 79 years old and had homes in Spring Green, Wis., and Scottsdale, Ariz.
He died of the effects of a stroke he suffered on July 5, said a spokesman for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, of which Mr. Peters was chairman.
Mr. Peters was Wright's first apprentice in 1932, when the already legendary architect founded his Taliesin Fellowship in Spring Green to embody his theory of learning through experience.
Except for two years in private practice, Mr. Peters remained at Wright's side, serving as structural engineer and project architect on many world-famous Wright-designed buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, completed in 1959, the Johnson's Wax administration building and research tower built in Racine, Wis., between 1936 and 1944, and Fallingwater, probably the most widely acclaimed modern residence in America, erected in 1936 over a waterfall in Mill Run, Pa., for the department-store heir Edgar Kaufmann Jr. Married Stalin's Daughter
When Wright died in 1959, Mr. Peters succeeded him as chairman of Taliesin Associated Architects, and in 1885 he became chairman of the Wright Foundation.
But to the general public Mr. Peters was perhaps better known as the husband, for a brief period, of Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Stalin. In 1972 he married Miss Alliluyeva, who had defected from the Soviet Union and come to the United States several years earlier. The couple separated after 20 months of marriage and were divorced in 1973. Miss Alliluyeva, who used her mother's name except during her marriage to Mr. Peters, returned to the Soviet Union in 1984 with their daughter, Olga.
Mr. Peters, who was known to friends and associates as Wes, was born in Terre Haute, Ind., and attended Evansville College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before apprenticing to Wright. Except for his brief stint in private practice, he remained associated with the Wright group, now also based at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, for his entire career. Variety of Projects
He was the architect of a variety of structures throughout the country and was a registered to practice in all 50 states. His work included performing arts centers, office buildings, churches, schools, hotels, restaurants, banks, shops and residences.
In addition to teaching at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Mr. Peters lectured and wrote extensively about Wright and contemporary architecture.
Mr. Peters's first wife, also named Svetlana, who was a stepdaughter of Wright, died in an automobile accident in 1946. His daughter, Olga, is now believed to be living in London with her mother. He is also survived by a son from his first marriage, Brandoch, of Spring Green, and a sister, Margedant Hayakawa of Mill Valley, Calif., the wife of the semanticist and educator S. I. Hayakawa.
Photo: William Wesley Peters (United Press International, 1970)


Stalin’s granddaughter is an all-American badass

She’s got her dedushka’s eyes — but this gun-toting, punk-rocking gal is as American as apple pie, although she does love to cook borscht.
Tattooed Chrese Evans, 44, of Portland, Oregon — a Buddhist who runs an antique shop — is far removed from her notorious grandfather, Joseph Stalin, the former Soviet Union’s ruthless “man of steel.”
Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin’s only daughter, defected from the Soviet Union in 1966 and married Evans’ future father, architect William Wesley Peters.
“Stalin for me was one of the three people who won the Second World War — Churchill, Roosevelt and him,” she told the Express of the UK. “Then my mother asked me to listen to her. This is when I found out about his crimes.”
Millions were killed during Stalin’s brutal regime from 1929 to 1953, when he ruled with an iron first as he transformed the USSR into a military superpower.
The bleach blonde is the youngest of Alliluyeva’s three children — the only child from her third marriage to Peters — and was born Olga, but chose to change her name.
Her mother, who was married to Peters for three years, died of cancer five years ago at age 85.
“My mother’s whole life has been about living this [her association with Stalin] down and trying to lead a new life of her own,” Evans once reportedly said.
“Of course, she abhors what Stalin did,” she told the Daily Mail. “But there was a period when so many people held her responsible for his actions that she actually started to think maybe it was true. It’s so unjust.”
 Evans posted pictures of herself in social media clutching a toy machine gun and with a bullet belt slung over her shoulder — along with more conventional images, such as homemade Russian soup.
“Borscht from scratch. Love making it, feels like Mom was right next to me,” she wrote.
She said “nyet” to a career working for the IRS and decided to start her own business.
“One had the prospect of excitement, the other one was cool,” she told the Daily Mirror.
Evans expressed her love for her mom.
“She was always proud of me, when I hadn’t even really accomplished anything, the unconditional love, which I haven’t felt from anybody else, ever, because she was my mother, and that warmth of a friendship, which I probably will look for, for the rest of my life in other people,” Evans said.

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