New endowments honor legacy of Seattle U alumni

April 03, 2018

The family, friends and co-workers of two alumni who passed away last year have worked with the School of Law to create endowments to honor their memories and create legacies that will benefit future law students and the legal community.

Anthony "Tony" Yerry, class of 2014, passed away on July 1, 2017, at the age of 28, and Peter Kirk Schalestock, class of 1996, passed away on August 15, 2017, at the age of 49.

Peter Kirk SchalestockPeter built his career in politics, and one of the qualities his friends and colleagues valued most about Peter was his ability to bridge divides by promoting and participating in civil discourse. To create a lasting legacy in Peter's memory, his family and friends have created an endowed lectureship in Peter's honor. The annual Peter K. Schalestock Lecture will feature a faculty member or local speaker to model civil and reasoned discourse on a topic of societal import.

Anthony YerryTony lived with authenticity and kindheartedness that revealed itself within moments of meeting him. He was a summer associate at K & L Gates in 2013 and after passing the bar, Tony worked as a corporate attorney at the law firm until his passing. Whether a dear friend or a casual acquaintance, Tony engaged everyone with a genuine warmth and graciousness. Ana Reyes, Tony's girlfriend of many years, along with Tony's family, co-workers, and friends, are raising funds to celebrate Tony's life and honor his memory through the Tony Yerry Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will help rising 3Ls who exhibit both financial need and high academic achievement and will be announced annually at the Law Review Alumni Dinner.

For more information or to contribute to the Peter K. Schalestock Endowed Lectureship or the Tony Yerry Memorial Scholarship, please contact Patricia McCowan.