Retired U.S. District Court Judge Peter Beer, 89, died Friday, February 9, 2018. Following a brief service as an infantry corporal at the end of World War II, Judge Beer earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Tulane University. After graduation, he served as a first lieutenant and later a captain in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal and a Bronze Star. After his active service Beer stayed on as a reservist, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served on the New Orleans City Council from 1970 to 1974. He was elected to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal in 1974. President Jimmy Carter appointed Beer to the U.S. District Court in 1979. He served in that capacity for 30 years, retiring at the end of 2009.