He prepared at Evanston Township (Ill.) High School, where he participated in glee club and band — indicative of interests that he continued to pursue at Princeton and throughout his life. He majored in mechanical engineering, sang in the freshman and senior glee clubs, and joined Campus Club. He married Sally Nelson June 25, 1954.
During two years in the Army he participated in nuclear-weapons testing in Nevada and the Pacific. After service he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at RPI. He enjoyed a 36-year career with General Electric in development of a variety of electrical, electronic, and computer-driven projects, retiring in 1990 as vice president of engineering.
Pete was active in his church, and he and his wife, Sally, enjoyed singing in choirs and choral groups. Pete developed an interest in playing organs and selling and repairing them in what became a small business of his own. He also had a passion for automobiles, having built his own in his teens, eventually collecting and maintaining them, and being active in the 7,000-member Cadillac LaSalle club.
He is survived by Sally; three children, Elizabeth ’77, Nelson IV, and Andrew; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his youngest son, Scott, in 2018.