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Homecoming

Peter Sherer

Where all have you lived? Where do you live now?

After Lake Forest I moved to Cambridge Mass and I moved to Washington DC in 1975 after studying at the Harvard Divinity School and getting an MBA at the Harvard Business School.

About your family:

I have been married to the wonderful Marilu for 23 years and I have a stepson Jason from a previous marriage and a grandson Nico.

I live in DC and Jason and Nico live in California so I see them a lot less than I would love to.

What kind of work did/do you do?

My career has been in three phases. I was a Federal manager at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. Then I raised money for nonprofits that I cared about including The National Aids Fund, The Washington National Cathedral, Ther Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and Experience Corps.

12 years ago I started my own company Experience Matters where I help outstanding executives in transition discover a very satisfying next step in their career.

How do you spend your leisure time?

I volunteer my time for my church, I give probono career help to people who cannot afford my fees, I play golf, go the movies and the theater, and play with friends.

What are your community involvements?

I have been a senior volunteer at my church recently and I have tutored third graders in tough elementary schools.

Things you've learned to be true in the last 50 years...

There are lots of ways to be useful. Being kind is essential and the best revenge against the fear that causes people to withhold empathy.

Things you've seen in the last 50 years that were spectacular...

The moon landing, Lake Michigan, the election Of Barrack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and the film Lawrence of Arabia.

Things that have surprised you in the last 50 years....

Persistence turns out to be the most valued personal characteristic. Getting back on the horse that has thrown you quickly is devoutly to be wished and not always easy.

Things that have disappointed you in the last 50 years...

Continuing racism, the growing gap between the haves and the havenots, the longstanding American antiintellectual posture that leads to doubt about facts and science, the early death of friends.

Have you had a life changing event?

I stopped drinking alcohol in 1984.

What are you most proud of?

I improve the lives of my clients, I am a good husband, father, and sibling.

Other thoughts you'd like to share:

I wish all my classmates well.

Who you're most looking forward to seeing at the reunion:

Everyone