Friday, March 8, 2013

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis passed away on March 1, 2013 and the institutional real estate industry has unexpectedly lost a colleague and friend.

The majority of Peter’s career was spent on the pension fund side with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Liberty Mutual Group.  Since September 2011 Peter was Head of U.S. Real Estate Investment Manager Research at Towers Watson in New York, a job which required him to commute each week from Boston (a bit too far even for an avid cyclist like Peter!).

He was like a kid about being in New York. He loved being back here. He was a passionate person.”  Email from an industry colleague.

Peter was a sought-after panelist who willingly shared his knowledge and opinions on institutional real estate investing.

“Yes, Peter was one of THE PEOPLE in the industry. I will miss him: his wit, his sincerity and his poetry sorely missed.”  Email from another industry colleague.

Poetry?  Yes, for those that didn’t know, Peter was a poet.  I can remember standing with him several times over the years listening to him recite a recently completed work. At one industry event in 2010 Peter sang a song he had written to Don McLean’s tune, “American Pie.”  You can access the lyrics here

Peter Lewis was a gentle soul.  His presence and personality will be a loss to the industry he served well. Most of all I’m sure Peter will be missed by his family to whom I send my deepest condolences. 

Donations can be made in his name to the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual cycling event benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that Peter loved, either here (Click "Donate," then "Donate to Riders" and enter "Peter Lewis" in the box) or by mail at: Pan-Mass Challenge, 77 Fourth Avenue, Needham, MA 02494.

Peter Lewis

On The Road…

Mar. 14-15:  PREA (Pension Real Estate Association) Spring Conference, Washington, DC 

Mar. 17 -19:  NAREIM (National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers) Spring CEO Meeting, Santa Monica, CA

April 1 – 2:  Client meetings, Chicago, IL

Apr. 9 -10:  PERE (Private Equity Real Estate Magazine) Global Investor Forum, Los Angeles, CA 

May 29 – 30:  IMN (Information Management Network) U.S. Real Estate Opportunity Fund and Private Fund Investing Forum, New York, NY 

June 4 – 5:  PERE Summit (Private Equity Real Estate Magazine), London, UK 


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