June 13, 1924 - October 4, 2014 90, passed away at his Denver home surrounded by family on October 4, 2014. Pete was born to Lewis Williams Douglas and Peggy Zinsser Douglas in New York City, June 13, 1924. Raised between Arizona and New York, he graduated from Yale University in 1948 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in the capacity of Navigator-Bombardier during W.W. II. Mr. Douglas acted as President of the Christiana Oil Corporation from 1953 to 1964. In 1964, Pete formed privately held real estate development firm, Douglas Development, but reentered the energy business founding Stanley Energy in 1985. Unwilling to retire, both intellectually and physically, Pete remained active, involved and engaged until his death. He was a dedicated philanthropist and active member of his community, offering his time as a trustee to multiple schools, director of hospitals, and also serving on the Governing Board of HealthOne. Mr. Douglas served as a Commissioner of the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in President George H.W. Bush's administration. Pete was especially committed to the First American Corporation where he acted as a director from 1961 to 2013. An avid lover of the arts, Pete received the Mary Belle Grant Award in 2006, an honor he cherished. However, his greatest passions were his family and friends with whom he built lasting connections, based on humility, compassion, and humor. He laughed loud and often with all he met. Pete recently celebrated his 36th wedding anniversary with his devoted wife, Melinda Stanley Douglas of Chicago by whom he is survived. His legacy lives on through his three adoring children: Lewis W. Douglas III, Jesse Douglas and Justin S. Douglas, and his five grandchildren. Memorial service will be held in Pete's honor Monday, October 13, at 3:30pm in Saint John's Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the church: 1350 Washington Street, Denver, Colorado 80203.
Published in Los Angeles Times on Oct. 8, 2014.