Hal Peterson

Hal Peterson

Hal Peterson, after High School, secured an entrance level job with the Standard Oil Company (NJ) working as a clerk in their Coordination & Economics Dep’t. He also enrolled in evening classes at Columbia University to pursue a college education. Six weeks after the Korean War started in 1950 his Army Reserve unit was activated. While in service he received a commendation for serving on the staff of a Brigadier General in the Corps of Engineering. He was discharged in December of 1952. When he returned to Standard Oil he was granted a leave of absence to attend (then) Hofstra College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1955. In September of 1955, Peterson joined the Executive Development Program of the New York Telephone Company with training assignments in all branches of the business. With completion of training he was assigned to the Accounting Department primarily involved in finance, accounting, computer operations and applications. During the years 1970-1976 he was selected to work with AT & T to introduce new accounting systems. With the divestiture of Bell Operating Companies from AT & T in 1984, Peterson was appointed Director – Internal Audit operations of the newly formed NYNEX Corporation dealing primarily with new acquisitions and the standardization of auditing procedures involving both New York and New England Telephone Companies. After 36 years of service Peterson retired in 1990. After retirement, Peterson turned his attention to local issues serving on a special committee advising Nassau Country’s Parks Department on the use a newly built swim complex; and, he assisted the Director of the Rockville Centre Public Library in studying the deployment and use of computer resources. He also joined the staff of Western Suffolk BOCES lecturing in libraries throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties on the use of the Internet to build and manage investment portfolios. Peterson has also participated in the development of two start-up companies one of which recently won the Quick Book’s “Awesome Add-On Award.” With an interest in “Reforming New York’s Dysfunctional State Government” he has been a Guest columnist for the LI Herald since August of 2010. Peterson and his wife Mary live in Rockville Centre, New York. They have been married 54 years with two sons, two daughters’ and eight grown grandchildren.