Peter “Pete” Lillevand starred on St. Joseph's 70 lbs. CYO Basketball teams for several years before crossing the street and becoming a Pilot. Pete was Captain and Most Valuable Player in his senior year, during which he earned All-League honors in the Catholic Athletic League and All-East Bay team. He graduated #1 in his class and went on to Santa Clara University where he played basketball. During his junior year, Santa Clara reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships before losing to Defending National Champions UC Berkeley. After college, Pete served two years as an Officer in the US Army. He went on to receive his law degree from USF and in 1966, he joined the San Francisco law firm Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe where he has practiced as a corporate lawyer for 52 years. Pete reflects on his time at St. Joe’s saying, “One thing is clear, St. Joseph’s Grammar School and St Joseph High School, in tandem with our parents, played a huge role in instilling in my brother Dave and myself the importance of education, character and the motivation to succeed. Many thanks for those gifts of the past…and a heartfelt thanks for the gift of my induction.”
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