Peter E. Giannini ’44 was born in Kingsburg, California, on June 8, 1921, and attended the Clay Elementary School. He was first violinist and senior class president of Kingsburg High School as well as an Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University as well as the Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley, where he met his lovely wife, Mercedes. They were happily married for 67 years, until her passing in 2011 at age 89. Peter graduated second in his class from Boalt and clerked for Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court. He then entered private practice, meanwhile engaging in successful real estate development ventures with his longtime partner, Mike Falabrino. In 1970, he was appointed to the California Municipal Court, and soon was elevated to the Superior Court by then-Governor Ronald Reagan, serving 20 years on the bench. During this time, he became the chief judge of the dependency section of the juvenile court system. His heart was broken to see the trauma of the young victims of child abuse and to see that they had no one to advocate for their interests. He applied for a federal grant to establish the Guardian Ad Litem program, which has since been replicated nationally and renamed CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Since then, CASA volunteers have watched over and advocated for more than 250,000 abused and neglected children. In his spare time, Peter was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. He and his wife, Mercedes, won numerous fishing trophies at the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club. He was also a member of the California Yacht Club. He was a fitness enthusiast and enjoyed tennis, bicycling, and swimming. He remained a classical violinist and vocalist all his life. Peter died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 96. He is survived by his six children and their families: his son Peter, his wife Ilana, and their children, Raphael and Aaron; his son, Paul, Paul’s daughter, Heather, her husband, Jason, their children, Zoe and Benjamin, and Paul’s son, Nick; his daughter, Christine, her son, Arwain, his wife, Fran, their son, Bodhi; his daughter, Regina, her husband Robert, their children, Nico, Anni, and Lily; His daughter, Joyce, and her husband, Ahmad; his daughter, Sharon, her daughter, Amouretta, her children, Savannah and Joey; Sharon’s daughter, Charlene, her husband, Dave, and their sons, David and James.

08 Nov 2018