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HONORING PETER S. CARTER
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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                        HONORING PETER S. CARTER

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                         HON. MICHAEL M. HONDA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. HONDA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my deepest sympathy 
to the family of Mr. Peter S. Carter.
  Peter was born on February 20th, 1943 in San Diego, California. At 
the age of 14, he and his family moved to the Santa Clara Valley where 
he graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1961. Peter 
attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He became a photo 
editor, yearbook editor-in-chief and managing editor of the Georgetown 
Magazine.
  It was with his college press pass that Peter was able to capture 
historic events like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ``I Have a Dream 
Speech'' and the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson.
  After graduating from Georgetown in 1966 he worked at American 
University. It was in 1963 that Peter married his first wife, Michelle 
Villere. Peter and Michelle had two sons, Scott and Shawn. She passed 
away in 1986. Peter married Dennise McNulty in December of 1987. 
Together, they celebrated life with a constant stream of family and 
friends.
  Peter's advertising agency was located in historic parts of San Jose 
near Japantown. He began his career shaping the message of the Mobile 
Home Dealers Association. He worked with a variety of partners and his 
clients included everything from local boutiques to large commercial 
developers. He did charity work for many local causes and 
organizations.
  Following a long career in public relations and advertising, Peter 
turned to photography. Peter was present at almost every town event 
with his trademark camera dangling from his neck. Peter's work was 
often featured in the local newspapers of the community. Whether it be 
a jazz festival, a special dinner, or the annual holiday parade, Peter 
was there to capture the event through the shutter of his camera.
  Beyond his own career Peter was a strong advocate of the arts. He was 
one of the most active members and supporters of The Museums of Los 
Gatos.
  Peter helped the museums grow into cultural staples of the community.
  Throughout the years he became active in many causes. Peter was a 
founding member of the Los Gatos Weekly, which went on to merge with 
the Los Gatos Weekly Times Observer to become the Los Gatos Weekly-
Times. He was a longtime member of the San Jose Rotary Club and served 
on the board of directors for the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police 
Foundation. Peter also served on the Los Gatos Music & Arts Committee 
for many years.
  On February 20th Peter turned 70. This milestone was celebrated with 
the Los Gatos Social Club, the same organization Peter founded in the 
1990s. Through this club Peter became a champion of locally owned 
businesses throughout the community. The Los Gatos Social Club hosted 
their weekly dinners at various family owned restaurants and cafes.
  Peter was a special member of our community. For many years he has 
been a cherished friend. By example, he taught us to squeeze the most 
joy out of life as one possibly can and to do it with sublime purpose, 
a sense of humor, a fabulous wit and a dazzling smile.
  It is in thanks for, and in admiration of Peter that I stand in honor 
today. I hope his legacy of public service serves as an inspiration to 
the young people of generations to come. He will be missed greatly by 
the Silicon Valley community.

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