Peter D. Bell, who served as president of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation from 1986-1995, passed away on April 4th.
Peter was a wonderful mentor to me and instrumental in my decision to join the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in 1994. Less than a year later, he called me into his office on a Sunday and offered me the position of Acting Director of the Program for Homeless Families. I was still early in my career and it was a gigantic leadership jump. My life would not be what it is today had it not been for the faith Peter showed in me.
Peter was a person whom I and many others at EMCF and elsewhere wanted to live up to and "make proud." His values and high standards inspired us to strive to achieve our personal best and make a difference in the world.
The work EMCF does today on behalf of America’s economically disadvantaged children reflects Peter’s humanitarian legacy.