Peter hails originally from Hanover NH though he grew up mostly in Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1962 and Harvard Law School in 1965. He worked for the Syracuse Africa-Asia Program in Lesotho from 1966-68, and law firms in Washington DC from 1969-1972. In 1972 he served as the Treasurer Muskie for President campaign.
Peter was the founding Executive Director of the Galveston (TX) Historical Foundation (1973-1989). His work included the revitalization of the historic Strand commercial district, with the real estate revolving fund, $100 million of investment attracted (including use of federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit), and events like Dickens on the Strand. He also was involved in the restoration of the 1877 Barque ELISSA and oversaw neighborhood programs, including the Paint Partnership, Revolving Fund, and Historic Homes Tour.
As Senior Vice-President of Programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (1989 – 2009, become Senior in 2002), Peter oversaw the NTHP field services and programs, including the Regional Offices, the National Main Street Center (until reorganization in 2002), the State and Local Partnership program, the National Preservation Conference, the National Preservation Awards, the Preservation Forum, the Preservation Services Fund grants, the Heritage Tourism Program, and the Barn Again Program.
Upon retirement, Peter returned to New England where he has been serving on the Norwich, VT Historic Preservation Commission. He has been a Preservation Trust of Vermont board member since 2009 and served as the Board President from 2012 to 2016.
In their free time, Peter and his wife Susan enjoy traveling the world, including South Africa, Morocco, and Panama/Costa Rica.