A local, long-time global peace movement leader, an influential teacher of the practice of creating change through non-violence, has died. Reverend Richard Deats of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Nyack died April 7th from complications related to pneumonia. That’s according to his son, who posted a memorial on the group’s website. Deats worked with peace leaders from around the world, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others. He came to Rockland in 1972, where he would live and work for the rest of his life. He was 89 years old.