Peter B. Work
Sport(s): Football, Track & Field (Men's), Wrestling
Peter B. Work ’61 was a three-sport athlete at DePauw, lettering three times each in football, wrestling, and track (discus). He was named outstanding lineman in football during his junior and senior years, and he was co-captain of the football and wrestling teams in his senior year. Also during his senior year, Peter was named Little All-America Honorable Mention in football, and he won DePauw’s outstanding athlete award and outstanding student-athlete award. He was president of the D Association and was a member of the Student Court. After graduating from DePauw with a degree in economics, Peter earned a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1964. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps upon his graduation from DePauw, was active in the volunteer reserve program during his law school years, and then served on active duty with the Marines for three years, including a tour in Vietnam during 1966-67. He held the rank of captain upon his discharge in 1968. Peter began practicing law in Washington, D.C. in 1968, specializing in business litigation. For a decade, he was first an associate and then a partner with the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. In 1979, Peter co-founded the D.C.-headquartered international law firm of Crowell & Moring and has remained a partner of that firm to the present time. He is a member of the American Bar association and is a published author and frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics. Since 1972, Peter has been the Legal Advisor of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation which runs tennis and education programs for lower income youth in the D.C. area. He was the president of that organization from 1991-93. In addition, Peter co-founded the D.C.-based Coalition for Planned Environmental Development, and he has served frequently as a volunteer attorney for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He was a member of the DePauw Alumni Board from 1983-85, and was president of the D.C.-area DePauw Alumni Club from 1983-85. Peter and his wife Penny, who chairs the History Department at National Cathedral School in Washington, have two college-age children, Kelly and Harlan.