Born in Perth Amboy to a Greek immigrant family of modest means, he pursued social justice as a history teacher, union leader, activist, and friend to those in need.
Peter enlisted in the Navy in World War II and thanks to the GI bill, received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the the University of Detroit, and later Master’s degrees in history (Rutgers) and education (Kean). He taught in the Perth Amboy public school system for three decades, first at the Grammar School and then at the High School. Among his fondest memories were reenacting Socrates’ trial with students, and performing in faculty talent shows to raise scholarships for college-bound seniors.
Peter was a leading voice for the rights of working people in New Jersey. He served as president of the local union in the early 1970’s, on the negotiating board of AFT New Jersey, and was instrumental in winning public employees’ right to organize.
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018
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