A Life in Photos

Pete as an infant, circa 1927.

Central Café in Kearney, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Pete’s love of golf can be traced to his days caddying at the Kearney Country Club.

In 1971, Pete was named Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs, meeting frequently with President Nixon in the Oval Office.

Pete briefs Congressional leaders with his report, “The Changing Role of the U.S. in the World Economy” on June 25, 1971.

In 1972, Pete became the United States Secretary of Commerce.

Pete’s advertising experience helped him bring attention to important issues – here using Flipper to shine a light on the need for dolphin-safe tuna nets.

Signing a trade deal with the Soviet Union was one of Pete’s crowning achievements at Commerce.

Businessweek cover story on Pete’s work guiding U.S. trade policy, July 3, 1971

Businessweek cover story on Pete’s leadership at Lehman Brothers, 1975

Pete with President Ronald Reagan.

As chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, Pete met with dignitaries from all over the world. Here he is with the Dalai Lama in New York in 1991.

In 1992, Pete joined with Senators Warren Rudman and Paul Tsongas to found the Concord Coalition.

Pete and Bono trade eyewear after a serious talk about Third World debt.

Pete and Joan with President George W. and Laura Bush, and Kofi Annan and Nane Maria Lagergren.

Pete with President Bill Clinton.

In 2012 Pete launched the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security, headed by Admiral Mike Mullen.

In October 2012, Forbes Magazine named Pete a “Titan of Philanthropy.”

Pete enjoyed working with his dear friend David Rockefeller on causes important to both of them, including serving as trustees at MoMA.

Pete celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by his grandchildren.

Pete and Joan.

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