PETER GEITHNER
1932 - 2016
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GEITHNER--Peter Franz,

died peacefully on July 29, 2016, at home in Orleans, Massachusetts with his children and grandchildren in his presence. Born July 14, 1932 to Paul H. Geithner and Henriette Schuck Geithner in Philadelphia, he graduated with a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1954 and served for four years as a Naval Aviator. After receiving an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Peter joined Columbia Carbon International and then spent six years at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Zimbabwe, Zambia (then the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland) and Washington, DC. He worked for almost three decades at the Ford Foundation, where helped shape programs in support of education, public health, human rights, and economic development. At the Ford Foundation, he served as the Deputy Representative for India, the Representative for Southeast Asia, Program Officer in Charge of Developing Country Programs, and the Foundation's first representative in China. Peter served as advisor to the Asia Center at Harvard University, China Medical Board, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and other organizations. He served on the Boards of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, China Center for Economic Research, Center for the Advanced Study of India, and other organizations. He was devoted to his colleagues and friends throughout the world and to their aspirations and causes. With his family, he shared his love of basketball and tennis, the ocean, and chocolate, commitment to public service, and fascination with the broader world. Peter was married for 54 years to Deborah Moore Geithner until her death in 2014. He is survived by his brother Paul H. Geithner, Jr., his son Timothy and his wife Carole, his daughter Sarah, his son Jonathan and his wife Debora, his son David and his wife Christine; and his grandchildren, Elise, Benjamin, Kaiya, Lincoln, Peter, Clare, Caroline, Piya and Malee.


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October 27, 2016
I first met Peter in my first class at Dartmouth. He was a year ahead of me and already an "A" student and basketball star. Later on I got to know him better when he was with USAID and then in Thailand, when his son and mine, both named Timothy, were starting guards on the Bangkok International School basketball team. Peter excelled at everything -- athlete, scholar and most of all as a fine human being. He was and is a truly memorable person and role model and my family and I send our deepest condolences to the Geithner family.

Bill Lenderking.
October 10, 2016
I'm so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. We did some fun things together while your Mom was in New York. He enjoyed his afternoon walk along the beach, and going for the paper and coffee early in the morning. I'll keep them both in my thoughts.
Wendy Gullicksen
August 23, 2016
The Flounders and Geithners have a long history....dating back to 1960 when Peter and Burt shared an apartment in NYC, Burt was a member of Deborah and Peter's wedding party, visits at their first apartment and meeting their first baby. So many wonderful and happy memories. Hold on to your memories and your faith. Both will bring you comfort.

Jane Flounders
August 18, 2016
Peter was an unfailing source of support and counsel during the ten years that I was a program officer with the Foundation in West Africa and the Philippines. He was always open to new ideas and initiatives, while also offering positive and incisive mentoring. As a non-US staff member, I really appreciated his guidance through the Foundation's culture. A true original and a very special person.
Nikki Jones
August 11, 2016
My deepest sympathy and support go to the family of my friend and colleague Peter Geithner. He was a wonderful person to work with and extremely helpful to me at the Ford Foundation. He was always accessible, intelligent, and sensitive to the issues. I deeply appreciated working with him and will miss him. I'm sure his whole family will miss him, so I send my support to all of you.
Joy Carol
August 8, 2016
Peter was a dear old friend from our days at Johns Hopkins Bologna Center in 1958-59. We met in New Delhi in 1970 and several times at school affairs and reunions in New York City and in Bologna It will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the family. Ugo Volpati (West Nyack, NY)
August 7, 2016
Even though our interactions were brief, Peter made a strong impression on me as a young Ford Foundation program officer -- deep commitment to doing good and respect for the differences of others in getting there.
Peter Berman
August 6, 2016
Peter was a friend and colleague for decades. Ever a gentleman and ever helpful. He taught me many valuable lessons. Carolyn and I think often of him and of Deborah. We always will. God bless.
John Stremlau
August 4, 2016
Peter Geithner was a special human being. Only deeply empathetic people listen as well as he did or have his self-deprecating sense of humour when they speak. That, above all, is what I learnt from him: unless you erase the self, you cannot be a force for the good.
Anmol Vellani
August 4, 2016
Peter Geithner's legacy is manifold. Innumerable people in diverse walks of life - academia, all the noble professions. foundations, governments and civil society - have been touched by his thoughtfulness, gentleness and commitment to well-being of people at large. He made a great difference to all those who worked in the Ford Foundation's India Office. I mean everyone, from swimming pool and photocopy attendants to program officers. all the way to the Representative. Peter pioneered the Ford Foundation's programs in China. He has left there a legacy of goodwill that has benefitted many institutions across the world and more individuals. When I went to work for UNDP in Indonesia and Thailand, many doors unexpectedly opened to me, thanks to my association with Pete as he is held in such high regard by outstanding people in those countries. It's given to only a few special persons to earn so much gratitude of so many institutions and individuals in a large number of countries all over Asia.
Sudarshan Ramaswamy
August 3, 2016
How did one person give such effective mentoring to so many people? But that was Peter Geithner; a patient listener and smart thinker with one of the best memories I've ever witnessed, he brought out the best in me during my time as a program officer at the Ford Foundation. I am grateful to the Geithner family for generously sharing Peter with his many mentees.
Terry George
August 3, 2016
Peter was a very precious colleague for so many of us who knew him during his long tenure at the Ford Foundation. We will all miss him greatly.

Michael Seltzer
Michael S Seltzer
August 3, 2016
Peter welcomed me warmly to the world of philanthropy soon after I joined the Luce Foundation's Asia Program in 1998. He regularly served as a guide and a sounding board. His graciousness, ethic of service, work to foster cultural exchange and understanding, and efforts to better
our world remain as a beacon for us all, as will our fond memories of his life and all he accomplished.
Helena Kolenda
August 2, 2016
My sincere condolences to the Geithner family. Peter was a supportive and kind mentor to me when I worked under him as a program officer for Ford Foundation in the 1980s and 90s. Later, we often met in Japan where I worked for two foundations, and Peter was frequently brought in as a consultant and board member. Likewise, when I moved to Bangkok for Rockefeller Foundation, which Peter advised for a time, I always looked forward to Peter's visits. Peter and Deborah were warm, kind, generous people. Peter shaped my ideas about philanthropy, about development, about Asia, about the world. And as others have said, he was a superb listener. I miss Peter and Deborah both and send you all my sympathies at this time of loss.
Yours,
Alan Feinstein
Jakarta, Indonesia
Alan Feinstein
August 1, 2016
David, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Please accept mine and my family's sincere and heartfelt condolences and if there is anything I can do to help in any way, I hope that you will let me know and always consider me as your brother.
Faisal Hassan
August 1, 2016
Peter brought the broader dimensions of Asia into my programming in the Philippines. He never got tired of answering my questions and being a calming presence always ready to listen. Peace to you, Peter.
Mary Racelis
July 31, 2016
I recollect meeting Peter in New Delhi many years ago. He combined intellectual sharpness with deep empathy for the people he worked with and for the people of the countries he worked in. We send his family our sincere condolences.We also want them to know that Peter was just so special and his work will live on.
Shobha Raghuram
July 31, 2016
Sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in God's words found at 1 Peter 5:6. He deeply cares for you and will help you get through this difficult time.
MD
July 31, 2016
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.
The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home
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