Raymond E. Peet
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
A native of Oneonta, New York, Vice Admiral Peet was the valedictorian of his high school class at Binghamton North High School in Binghamton, New York. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
He became a veteran destroyerman in World War II, serving two years as Gunnery Officer and Executive Officer aboard USS Converse (DD 509). His ship received the Presidential Unit Citation for heroic service in the Solomon Islands with Destroyer Squadron 23, the famed "Little Beavers" squadron of Arleigh "31 Knot" Burke. He also served on USS Aulick (DD 569) during the Okinawa and Phillippine Islands campaigns.
In 1948, Vice Admiral Peet graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. Later he was Gunnery Officer in USS New Jersey (BB 62), Commanding Officer of USS Barton (DD 722), and an aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Arleigh Burke. He spent a year under instruction with Vice Admiral Hyman Rickover, the "father of the nuclear Navy" prior to assuming command of USS Bainbridge (DLG(N) 25).
Subsequent tours included Commander, First Fleet in the Pacific, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs) and Director, Defense Security Assistance Agency. He retired from the Navy in 1974.
Since retirement, he has lived in La Jolla, California with his wife Dian. He has served as Vice President-International of Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, and as a director of Energy Factors, Inc. of San Diego, and American Heavy Lift Shipping Company in Houston. He is a chairman of Cubic Corporation in San Diego. He has been a business consultant to Solar Turbines International of San Diego, and Ketron Inc., a Washington D.C. software company. He is chairman of the board of Price Real Estate Investment Trust of San Diego and a member of the Board of Consultants to the Comptroller General of the United States.