Former ACLEA and Executive Committee member Peter Berge of Saint Paul, MN passed away on February 25, 2020. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and lived long past the time his doctors had expected.
Peter had been an employee of Minnesota CLE for many years and had been a very active and engaged member of ACLEA. At the time of his diagnosis, Peter was president-elect; he stepped down in order to concentrate on his health. ACLEA is much better for his many contributions. He was a frequent speaker, and, after he returned to school in 2014 to earn his MBA, he started a series of “business school for CLE” sessions that he gave at many conferences. He presented on technology at many ACLEA boot camps and was such a supporter of boot camp that ACLEA’s EC established the Peter Berge Boot Camp Scholarship in his honor after he stepped down from the EC. He also cochaired the technology SIG during his time as an ACLEA member. While on the EC, he was particularly concerned with ACLEA’s maintaining good financial health, and he did his best to ensure that.
Peter was a true renaissance man. As well as being a successful attorney, Peter was a musician, a photographer, a world traveler, an oenophile, and a gourmet. He loved to host his friends in his beautiful home in Saint Paul, especially when “porch season” had begun and he could share vintages from his extensive wine cellar in the fresh air on his front porch. But above all, Peter was a friend to many. He will be very much missed.