Bio written in 2012 when awarded Skip Prosser Achievement Award
Peter J. Rackett ’61 is the fourth Kings Pointer to receive the George Edward “Skip” Prosser ’72 Achievement Award.
A 1961 graduate of the Academy, Pete was one of the founding members of the Blue & Gray Club and helped establish the Acta Non Verba Award in 1994. With over 50 years of dedication to Kings Point and Kings Point Athletics, Pete works tirelessly in his efforts to support the midshipmen, coaches and staff. A consummate advocate and recruiter for the Academy and its athletics, Pete meets with numerous recruits a year and is credited in recruiting some of the Academy’s top athletes.
Pete was originally scheduled to receive this award in 2010 alongside Tom Hughes ’80, who received the Acta Non Verba Award that year. When Tom Hughes’ guest list swelled to Melville Hall’s capacity, Pete graciously stepped aside for Tom Hughes to have the room’s full attention. Then in 2011, when faced with the tough choice of missing his 50th reunion party, Pete chose his class reunion over receiving the award, thus delaying the award to 2012.
In his work as an educator, motivator and leader to the men and women midshipmen, Pete Rackett embodies the true essence of Skip Prosser and his service toward others. Pete, who works for the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF), currently mentors 30 midshipmen and serves as the Track/Cross Country teams’ advisor, a role held for 20 years.
“Pete has been instrumental in the success of our teams,” says Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach Greg Lott. “Pete personally mentors about 40% of the plebes who are on the roster and takes a hands-on approach in helping our team. He is completely selfless with his time as he is always available to the midshipmen for guidance and support. We are truly blessed to have him in our corner.”
Pete was also instrumental in establishing the by-laws of the Athletic Hall of Fame and the guidelines for the annual AAF Alumni Awards. In recognition of his work, Pete has received the Meritorious Alumni Service Award (1976) and Distinguished Service Award (1986). The Class of 1995 honored him for Distinguished Service in a non-teaching role with the Captain Joe Prosser Award and had the Class of 2000 yearbook dedicated to him. He was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 as an Honorary Member and had the Peter J. Rackett ’61 Lifetime Achievement Award named in his honor.
Following graduation from Kings Point, Pete spent seven years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He completed his Navy retirement in the reserve Naval Control of Shipping Program, attaining the rank of Commander. He joined New York Telephone in 1967, serving in several field and staff management positions. In 1988, he joined the marketing staff of NYNEX, where he developed new operator services products. Before his retirement in 1992, he established the Directory Assistance Call Completion program for NYNEX.
An avid runner since the age of 40, Pete continues to compete in several road races, triathlons and decathlons. Currently ranked No. 7 in the U.S. in his age group in duathlon competition, Pete most recently competed for Team USA in the World Championships and captured a silver medal in the National Championships this past spring.