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Pete Loeser

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Pete Loeser with Whitney Smith
NAVA 44 2010
Los Angeles

Marcus Schmöger, Bruce Berry, and Pete
Banquet Night - IVC 24 2011
Washington DC

Opens NAVA 50 (2016)
San Jose, California

Pete Loeser - Morgan Hill, California, USA

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Vexillologist of the Year 2012

     I was born in Oakland, California in 1944. I received my higher education at the University of California in San Jose, and the University of California in Hayward. I served in the United States Army as an Armor officer both in Fort Knox, Kentucky and in Vietnam. After the military I spent the next 32 years teaching high school in Northern California, first in Laytonville and then Willits. I retired in 2003 after working with multiple generations of students.

     After retirement I began an educational consulting service specialized in teaching instructors of history and social sciences to better utilize technology in the classroom. I also designed and still maintain several websites for businesses and educational organizations.

     I developed an interest in flags after retirement while working with a group of teachers in the "Teaching American History" Institute, where I developed history lessons based on using flags in the classroom, and started my website "Historic Flags of Our Ancestors" to support these units in 2004. It has grown to have information on over 4000 historical flags, all written with the history student in mind, thanks to the support and help of our vexillological community.

     In 2009, I was made the UFE (Unidentified Flag & Ensign) Editor for Flags of the World, and have been active in that position ever since. I am also a member of the Flag Institute and of the North American Vexillological Association.

     In 2014, in New Orleans (NAVA 48) I was honored to be named chair of an extremely talented committee of vexillologist, including Peter Ansoff, Jim Ferrigan, Ted Kaye, and Bill Trinkle, to organize the 50th Annual meeting of the NAVA in San Jose. A truly rewarding and instructive experience.

     During all this my wife Marianne (also a retired history teacher) and I have managed to successfully raise four children, and have been rewarded with nine talented grandchildren. We still enjoy traveling and continue to learn.

Pete Loeser, 6 March 2017

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Favorite Illustrations:

Although not one of the most proficient graphic artists contributing to FOTW, I have provided some illustrations of flags that are now used on the Flags of the World website and elsewhere. These are the six I have chosen to be displayed, the first two of which are flags I actually designed. You should try it yourself, it is really neat seeing something you designed getting used and actually flying from a flag pole.

20th Anniversary Flag
Flags of the World

Flag of the Cahto Tribe
Laytonville, California

East Prussia State Flag (presumed)
My first attempt done in 2008

Flag of Shell Oil Company
Used in the United States

Todd Bear Flag 1846
The "original" California Bear Flag

Herbert Woods Broads Holiday Adventures
Inland holiday "for-hire" vessels (United Kingdom)

Past Projects and Honors:

  • FOTW Home Page - Headed project design team 2010
  • Nominated for Vexillologist of the Year - 2010
  • Vexillologist of the Year 2012 - for his relentless effort in updating especially the German pages, being part of the German Editorial Team (GET), but also for his comments on other topics of world flags and for posting up-to-date remarks on both historical and current flags, as well as for being very academic, thorough, and above all, respectful in his comments.
  • Assisted the Cahto Tribe of California choose and design their Cahto Tribe Flag between 2010-2013. He also designed and manages their website.
  • Designed the 20th Anniversary flag for Flags of the World 2014.
  • Planning Committee Chair for NAVA 50 held in San José, California (2016). It marked the 50th Annual Meeting of the North American Vexillological Association.

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