Peter Geithner 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.*