In 1958, Peter graduated from Western Washington University with a BA degree in biology. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program for Senior Executives.
Peter joined Nalco in 1961 as a district representative in the company’s water treatment chemicals division. He was promoted to area manager in 1967 and to district manager in 1969. He was named regional manager of the pulp and paper chemicals group in 1971. Peter transferred back to the water treatment chemicals division as regional manager in 1974. In 1977, he transferred to WATERGY as regional sales manager and in 1982 he became sales manager for the whole division. Peter then transferred to Nalco’s international division in 1988 when he became the vice president of operations for Nalco Europe and in 1992 he was named division’s vice president, sales training. In 1996, he was promoted to president of Nalco’s Diversey Water Technologies Division.
Upon retiring in 1997, Peter moved on to become an avid bicyclist, crossing Iowa six times, and more recently touring the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife Judith moved from Chicago to Edmonds in 2000 to enjoy their retirement and further explore the region by bike. Peter and Judith have been long time members of the Presidents Club. Peter has been awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted into the WWU 1893 Society, awarded the 2011 College of Sciences and Technology Distinguished Alumnus of the year, and is a lifetime member of the WWU Foundation’s President’s Society