He came to Princeton from Grosse Pointe (Mich.) High School, where he was on the football, swimming, and track teams and was active in the student government and Hi-Y organizations.
At Princeton he was the IAA manager for Quadrangle Club, an Orange Key guide, and a member of the Hispanic Club, and was on the freshman football and varsity track teams. Pete majored in Spanish in the Special Program in European Civilization. He roomed with Vin Meade, Bert Sparrow, Doug Ellis, Pete Edgar, John Miller, Fred Matter, and Jeff Bomer during senior year.
Pete had many positions in the media business after the Army. He worked for several years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journalbefore becoming a press secretary for two U.S. senators and then the public affairs director for the U.S. Office for Civil Rights. He then worked for 18 years for McGraw-Hill, including three years as bureau chief in Moscow, and finally as director of McGraw-Hill World News. After McGraw-Hill World News shut down in 1989, Peter was named deputy director of public affairs for the United Nations Development Programme.
Peter’s considerable intellect and varied interests were reflected in his hobbies, which included drawing and watercolor painting, poem-writing, bird-watching, Spanish language and literature, and always finding water in which to swim. His many interests, his dedication to lifelong learning, and his deep commitment to social justice were reflected in his eclectic and extraordinary career.
Peter is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pali; children Andrew, Sarah and her husband, Jim DeMann, and Alex and his wife, Jeni; grandchildren Dylan, Cody, Maria, Tommy, Charlie, and Kira; and brother Pirie and his wife, Maria. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them all.