Peter Kallas

April 10, 1938 - January 12, 2019
Peter Kallas

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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 16, 2019
    Dave Brockway says:
    Peter and I met at Brown University, played on the varsity basketball team, and, after graduation, stayed in touch through the ebbs and flows of our lives. He enjoyed fishing at our lake cottage (one summer, he painted from the place from top-to-bottom, end-to-end), lived with us for a time in Somerville, MA and Cape Elizabeth, ME, and always remained a constant friend to me and my wife. He was forever reading, especially current events, and saw world politics through the lens of an Estonian-born immigrant who embraced American citizenship but never lost a perspective formed as a world traveler. In our last conversation in early January, he was savoring his recent visits with his three children and his southern-based grandchildren. During our talk, he acknowledged that he had had a good life. Peace and Blessings, Pete. Thanks you Mara -- you are a "stand up gal"!

  • January 20, 2019
    Bill O'Neill says:
    Peter and I were fraternity brothers at Brown 1956-1960, and we kept in touch over the years. He came to my daughter's wedding in New York, we attended our 50th Reunion together at Brown, visited in the Adirondacks, etc. all of which I am very grateful for, in addition to meeting Mara through Peter. I am sad and shocked that Peter has passed away. I will miss him. He was a great guy, a wonderful pal, and our hearts go out to Mara and all of Peter's family. He fought the good fight. He finished the race. He kept the faith. Amen.

  • February 17, 2019
    Neboysha R. Brashich says:
    Dear Mara - I was thinking of Peter today, so I googled him. To my sock, learned he had passed away last month. Please accept our heartfelt condolences during this very difficult time. Two refugees - one from Estonia and the other from Yugoslavia - became close friends during our years at SAIS and thereafter. Occasionally talked and met, once the opportunity to meet you Mara here on the North fork of Long Island. I will miss him, his humor and friendship over the years. May he rest in Peace. If you are ever in this area, please let us know. Neb

  • February 21, 2019
    Peter Sweet says:
    Sorry to hear of your passing. Peter and I were fraternity brothers, roommates and basketball teammates. Several times he joined us for Thanksgiving dinners in Philly during college and after. He was a groomsman in our wedding in 1962. We had less contact as I moved West to Chicago and then Portland. The last time we saw each other was when we were both living in LA during the early 90's. Some how we missed connecting in recent years. I will always remember the great times we had. My condolences to Mara and his family.

  • February 21, 2019
    Jacquie Stoneberger says:
    I am so sorry to hear about Peter. We shared a love of reading and I was just thinking about him recently and wanted to make sure he read A Gentleman from Moscow. Please accept my sincerest sympathies.