Peter Kallas

April 10, 1938 - January 12, 2019
Peter Kallas


Peter Kallas died January 12th at New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. He was born in Estonia, in 1938 and came to the US with his father Adrian Kallas in 1949. He completed middle school and high school at De Veaux School in Niagara Falls, NY. He had full scholarships to Brown University, where he played varsity basketball, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for degrees in International Relations. After 4 years in the Marines, as a Captain running the Communications School in Camp Pendleton, Ca., he began his career in International Banking and ended it as a Vice President with the Bank of New England in Boston, MA having travelled over 40 countries in the 26 years in the industry. He provided consulting services through the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) to banks in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia in 1993.

While living in Colorado, he served on the Denver World Affairs council, and with the Institute for International Education (IIE) Fullbright scholarship committee, and presented at the Aspen Institute and University of Colorado courses on world affairs as requested. Living in Plattsburgh, New York, he served as a volunteer with; Friends of Point Au Roche (NY State Park),the Kiwanis and was a Literacy Volunteer.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years Mara Kaufmann, children; Matt Kallas and wife Carole of North Kingstown, RI; Andrea Kallas-Tilton, and Jennifer Worth of Raleigh, NC and grandchildren; Shane and Lily Kallas, Dana and Michael Tilton, Maddie, Elliot, and Sydney Worth. Also survived in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, by Jenny Kallas (Stepmother), and brothers; Endel Kallas and wife Leslie, and Eric Kallas and wife Joan; nieces; Jenny and husband Chris Lillehei and daughter Chloe, Emily, Abby and nephew Arne Kallas.

The family wishes to acknowledge his wonderful caring friends in the Glen Meade community and the excellent care provided him at New Hanover Medical Center. All of you, enabled us to arrive and have precious time with him. Words are not enough for the gratitude we feel!

Memorial Service to be held on April 13th, 2019, at 1:30 pm, at the Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, 100 United States Oval, Plattsurgh, NY 12903

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any local US veteran organizations, Literacy Councils, and libraries.

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  • January 15, 2019
    Cousin,s Michael,John twomey. Sneem co Kerry. Ireland. says:
    Peter kallas,R,I,P

  • January 15, 2019
    Judy Cavanaugh and Carl Lutters says:
    We extend our sincere sympathy to Peter’s family as we remember our friend. Peter loved to share news about each of you, and his pride in and love of his family was always evident. Peter also shared the rich stories of his Estonian roots, always humble about a lifetime of amazing personal and professional accomplishments. We are grateful that we were able to spend a few days with Peter in Wilmington last spring. We will always treasure memories of our gentle and gracious friend.

  • January 15, 2019
    Mary Clifford says:
    I have wonderful memories of Peter and Mara's life together since they choose to share an anniversary with Michael and I and were married at our home in Laurel LI. We always enjoyed our time with Peter, he was such an accomplised, interesting person with so much to contribute.

  • January 15, 2019
    Bob Crandall and Spiritual Care says:
    Mara; Everyone here at Spiritual Care is praying for you and your husband. I am sending positive energy your way as well. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Also please let me know about arrangements. Bob Crandall

  • January 16, 2019
    Noreen Houck says:
    We are thinking of you Mara at this difficult time. We have many fond memories of Peter over the last 15 years of diners and conversations. Our prayers are with you. Love Noreen, Nate, and Hadley