As people filed in to Edwards Hall, where we held the memorial service for my dad, my brother noticed Senator Jack Reed sitting in the audience. He approached him to say hello and to ask if he would like to say a few words. The Senator declined, saying that he was simply there to “honor excellence.” That has stayed with me.
As many of you know, we decided to start a journalism scholarship fund in Pete’s name at URI. It has recently come to my attention that June 30 is the cut-off for raising these funds. We are very grateful for all of the donations thus far but we are-kind of surprisingly-far from our goal. If you’ve already given, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider giving, even if it’s just a little bit. A great man has died and we would like to honor him by sending a kid to journalism school, something he would have been behind wholeheartedly. Please pass this on to anyone who knew Pete. Think of all the time he spent with you or your kids on Boy Scout stuff, all the volunteering, mentoring, teaching, helping, coaching, etc. he did over the years. Think of all the times he made you laugh. He was flippin’ hilarious! He was one excellent dude. Help us honor him. Thank you.
(PS I think part of the issue is that a lot of people who knew and loved Pete simply don’t know about this blog or the fund. Please help spread the word!)
Peter Lord Environmental Journalism Scholarship Fund
c/o URI Foundation
79 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI. 02881
(go to Give Online and click “I would like to make a gift to an allocation not already listed” and type in the name of the fund.)