Meet our Members
Though Peter has officially only been an ASPEC member since 2011, he has been involved with the academy since its earliest days. He was part of a team of Eckerd College faculty members who helped develop ASPEC in its present form. Peter has had many careers ranging from military officer to real estate developer, including his tenure as an Eckerd College professor.
Born and raised in Illinois, Peter continued his education at Knox College, in Galesburg, IL, where he studied physics and mathematics. He was a member of the Nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Valedictorian of his class. From there, he went onto receive his PhD in the history and philosophy of science, from Indiana University.
Peter became a Colonel in the U.S. Army, in 1960 and was involved with military intelligence until he retired in 1991. Peter was also a Professor of Philosophy at Eckerd, from 1966-1999. He considers his time at Eckerd as “the best 33 years of my life.” In addition to teaching at Eckerd, he also founded the College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and directed faculty-staff fund raising campaigns for more than 15 years. In 1975, he added another career to his resume, that of real estate developer, which continued until his retirement in 2006.
Not only was Peter busy with his many endeavors, but he and his wife, Yvonne, also raised two sons, Michael (1965) and Anton (1967). Peter has served as a dedicated member of First Presbyterian Church, along with leadership positions in a number of community and civic organizations and associations, including the Florida Philosophical Association.
Peter enjoys the arts, especially music, traveling, fishing, nature, history, and cuisine in his spare time.
Also an Illinois native, Yvonne attended high school with husband Peter. After junior college, Yvonne attended Illinois State Normal, and went on to pursue her Masters in Education, at Indiana University. Now, after 41 years of teaching elementary school, Yvonne fills her time with gardening, nature printing, cooking, reading and volunteering at both the Ronald McDonald House, and Bayfront Hospital.