Peter Kaskell died peacefully in his sleep last month at 95. He was an enormous contributor to our state and nation from a young man who interrupted his college education to enlist, serving in Army intelligence during World War II, to his service as an attorney, corporate executive and general counsel and his work as a very generous and hands-on philanthropist in the decades thereafter. His passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his beloved wife Joan and their children and grandchildren and the many others of us who greatly loved and admired him.
Peter received the Bronze Star decoration and a battlefield commission for his exemplary service on the Italian front. At the beleaguered Anzio beachhead, he obtained intelligence from a captured German messenger and analyzed it carefully for credibility from multiple standpoints. His information enabled the break-out from the beachhead through the route his analysis revealed that led up a steep logging trail momentarily left unguarded between two huge German forces, one a parachute corps and the other a panzer corps. He was also awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government for his high-level service thereafter in the Army Group that included the French First Army as they moved through France and into Germany.