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Peter Lane Shea ’55

Published in Feb. 25, 1998, issue

Peter Shea died Aug. 9, 1997, of a heart attack at his summer home in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

A native of Locust Valley, N.Y., Peter came to Princeton from Phillips Exeter Academy, where he played baseball and soccer. At Princeton, Peter majored in economics, played varsity soccer and lacrosse, and roomed with Dick Mestres, Roland Morris, Todd Terry, and Nelson Doubleday. He was a member of Ivy Club.

After graduation, Peter served two years as a lieutenant in the Army before receiving an MBA from Stanford. Following a stint with the investment banking firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Co., he spent over 30 years in oil and gas exploration and development, primarily as founder and managing director of Hydrocarbon Energy, Inc. In 1993 he was elected to the board of Allegheny Power System, Inc.

Peter had a magnificent record of public service. He was mayor of Matinecock, police commissioner of Old Brookville, and trustee and board treasurer of Cornell Medical Center's Strang Cancer Prevention Center. He was president of the Links Club at the time of his death and had served on the boards of the Piping Rock and Wyandanch clubs.

"How lucky we all have been to know and enjoy the company of such a fabulous person," said Peter Crisp, a lifelong friend. We will miss you, Shea. To his wife, Nancy, sister, Edwina, and sons, Chris, Andy, Ed, and Jamie, the class extends it deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1955

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