A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, at Princeton he majored in English, was a member of Charter Club and participated in varsity soccer and hockey all four years. He had a special interest in music, literature, and boating. After a year of graduate work toward a master’s degree in English at Columbia University, he was drafted and served in the Army. Peter enjoyed a successful career as an investment banker and venture capitalist.
Peter married Frances Branch Scott in 1962. They moved from New York City to Princeton in 1965, and to Newtown, Pa., in 2009. After Frances’ death in 2015, Peter moved to Hatfield, Mass., in 2018.
He served on numerous charitable boards. A kind, polite, and patient person throughout his life, Peter spent his last 10 years coping with dementia. He did not like needing help but always accepted it with grace and warmth. We will miss his life and his inspirational character.
He is survived by three sons, William R. III, Thomas, and Richard; and five grandchildren, Colby, Louisa, Branch, Tae, and Eva.