Peter Bogert Elliman, 84, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully, after a fall and broken hip complications, surrounded by family on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.
He was born April 26, 1933, at Doctor’s Hospital in New York City, to the late George Trowbridge and Natica de Acosta Elliman. A grandson of Douglas Elliman, spent most of his childhood in the countryside of Warrenton. He attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., and graduated, cum laude, from Princeton University with a degree in political science in 1955.
Mr. Elliman was on track to attend law school at the University of Virginia, when he made a last-minute change and joined the newly-chartered Darden Business School. While at U.Va., he enrolled in the ROTC, earning his Army commission and master’s in business administration in 1957. He went on to serve as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery at Fort Still, Okla. On weekend leave in Dallas, he met Julia “Judy” Cunningham of Huntsville, Texas. They married on July 18, 1959, and had three children, George, Julia and Peter.
Mr. Elliman spent 25 years as a corporate executive, including president and CEO, and as a financial consultant with a 10-year practice in corporate finance, strategic planning and operations. He served on the boards of numerous small- and medium-sized companies as well as comparable positions for nonprofit secondary schools.
He served as a trustee of Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Mass., where he helped expand the diversity of the school community by recruiting girls from Hong Kong and China to attend the school. He was a founding member of the Century Club, a business booster club sponsored by George Mason University for its entrepreneurship center.
Mr. Elliman looked fondly on the time he spent in Hong Kong with Gulf Resources and Chemical in the late 1970s and as executive director of the St. Paul’s School Alumni Association in 1995 to 1999, which afforded him the opportunity to return to live on campus of the school he dearly loved.
Though many of his passions — sailing, fishing and rowing — revolved around the water, his priorities were always on his three children, family and close friends. He spent his time encouraging and helping others to dream big and seek out new experiences.
Mr. Elliman started his retirement in Charlottesville in 1997, but later moved to Austin, Texas, to be closer to two of his children.
Survivors include his three children, George Trowbridge Elliman II and Julia Smither Elliman of Austin, Texas; Peter Bogert Elliman Jr. and daughter-in-law Cheryl Baier Elliman and his two grand-daughters, Daphne Cooke Elliman and Julia May Elliman, of San Carlos, Calif., and his former wife, Julia Cunningham Bagalay of Austin, Texas.
The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Warrenton. Burial at the Warrenton Cemetery will follow.