Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 14, 1922, Peter died Oct. 15, 2020, at age 98. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of British Columbia, and earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton in 1949.
Championing the development of the light metal and advanced material industries in Canada, Peter worked for Alcan for 40 years in increasingly senior roles, culminating as director of the Kingston Research and Development Centre. He served on numerous boards and government advisory committees in the fields of metallurgy and industrial materials. A founder of the Canadian Advanced Industrial Materials Forum, he chaired the Canadian University-Industry Council of Advanced Ceramics.
After retiring from Alcan, Peter spent 20 years in management and advisory positions at the Ontario Centre for Materials Research and its successor, Materials and Manufacturing Ontario. Among his many awards was an honorary degree from Queen’s University in 1996.
Passionate about theater, Peter was both an actor and director in two community theater groups. A lifelong athlete, he enjoyed sailing, skiing, and golf.
Peter was predeceased by his wife, Kay. He is survived by his children, Mary, Allison, Jim, and Tom; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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