Former La Cañada school board member Joel Peterson was the recipient this month of the National Americanism Award given by the California State Society of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, it was announced this week.
Peterson was nominated for the honor by the Don José Verdugo Chapter, which is active in the Foothills. The award was presented at the 109th conference of the state society, held in San Ramon, Calif.
"DAR Americanism Medal recipients must have shown outstanding qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism. They must have actively assisted other aliens to become American citizens or displayed outstanding ability in community affairs, preferably with emphasis on the foreign-born community," according to the announcement issued by the Don José Verdugo Chapter. The medal is given to an adult who has been a naturalized citizen for at least five years.
Korean born and adopted as a child by a family in Minnesota, Peterson is the author of the novel "Dreams of My Mothers."
He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his business career. He is the managing partner and chief executive officer of Pintoresco Advisors, LLC and the CEO of Education Support Services, LLC. He is working on earning a PhD at Claremont Graduate University.