Born in Tacoma, Wash., this week’s guest is the son of a Methodist Minister and spent much of his early life in northern Indiana, Cambridge City and New Haven in his younger years, then, Gary and South Bend in his teen and young adult time. Being in the inner city, he quickly learned that skin color makes no difference. It’s a philosophy that Peter Utterback took into his classroom and has always believed and followed. Way to go, Pete!
Graduating from South Bend LaSalle High School, Pete played the trombone there as well as at DePauw. He also swam in high school. Church Youth Group was very important in Pete’s early life. Pete has a brother who is a financial adviser in Wisconsin and a sister who is a teacher in South Bend. His mother still lives in that area. Four nieces and a nephew round-out his original family.
Interestingly, Pete knew early on what his career would be. Sitting on the school’s step one day as an 8th grader, Pete’s teacher asked what Pete thought he might like to do in life. “I want to be an English teacher like you!” Several years later, Pete wrote Mr. Morous a letter telling him that he had indeed accomplished the task and loved it.