Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Peter Belfer Award in Political Science, 1973
The Peter Belfer Award in Political Science is an academic scholarship award in Arts and Sciences given annually for the outstanding piece of written work done in a political science course or independently by a political science major. This award was established in 1973 by Mrs. Ann Belfer Goldstein, in memory of her husband, Peter Belfer.
Peter Belfer, A1967, was born on June 28, 1946, in New York City. He began to study the stock market and invest in it at age thirteen. This interest in the market was a dominating theme for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Wheatley High School in three years with distinction and was accepted to several universities. He chose Tufts where he majored in Political Science, and took several courses in Russian politics and economics. While at Tufts, in 1966, Peter met Ann Krasow, an art student. After graduating from Tufts in 1967, he went to Cornell Law School. Peter and Ann were married on June 29, 1969, and honeymooned in Russia.
Peter excelled in securities law and decided the Securities and Exchange Commission was a good place to start his legal career. In the spring of 1970, serious heart problems began quite suddenly. During the following year he met one physical crisis after another, yet managed to graduate from Law School, begin work for the Securities and Exchange Commission, take the Bar examination for the District of Columbia, and be admitted to the Bar. The day after taking the Bar examination he collapsed. He worked from home until his death on September 5, 1971. He was 25 years old.
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