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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  • March 06, 2019
    Gary McFarlane says:
    I met Pete at DeVeaux School in Niagara Falls 1950 for our 7th grade. He was always no 1 in his class or 2. He was very good in all sports. His Father lived at the school which was a boarding school. His Dad was a wonderful teacher and very strict with Pete. I only saw Pete once after graduation and remember him as very competent , dependable and a leader. Does not surprise me he had a good life as he said. Blessed to have known him.

  • April 01, 2019
    Peter Estus and Nancy Estus says:
    We are saddened to learn of Peter’s passing but grateful to have known him as a neighbor and member of The Friends of Point au Roche State Park. Peter freely expressed a deep appreciation for his life in the United States and enriched our understanding of world events by sharing his experience in Estonia and around the world. We also shared his love for Point au Roche State Park where he often enjoyed walking. It was always a pleasure to see him.