A. Peter Van Beek ’79
Hometown: Vaucresson, France
Year Inducted: 2002
Peter Van Beek ‘79 is second in Brown soccer history in all-time career points and goals. Van Beek had 45 goals and 20 assists for 110 career points during his four-year tenure at Brown from 1975-78. His 20 assists places him sixth all-time at Brown. Van Beek helped lead Brown to four NCAA tournament appearances and two Ivy League titles. In 1975 and 1977 the Bears advanced to the NCAA semi-finals, finishing fourth in the nation in 1977. Van Beek scored the game-winning goal against Clemson, which sent the Bears to the 1977 NCAA Championship.
A native of Vaucresson, France, Van Beek totaled eight goals and two assists for 20 points during his senior year, earning First-Team All-Ivy honors. In his junior year, Van Beek received First-Team All-Ivy honors, scoring nine goals and adding four assists for 22 points. As a sophomore in 1976, Van Beek netted 11 goals and added eight assists for 30 points. Van Beek’s best season was his first with the Bears, sharing the team’s scoring title with All-American Fred Pereira ‘77 with 17 goals and six assists for 40 points.
After graduating from Brown in 1979, Van Beek went on to work at the United Nations in New York in the Public Information Department and German Translation Service from 1979-81. Two years later, Van Beek returned to the United Nations, working in Library Services for one year. Since that time, he has worked all around the world, serving as a Senior Consultant, Technical Specialist and Software Specialist. Most recently he has worked as a Senior Pre-Sales Consultant in the Netherlands.