Pierre “Pete” S. de Beaumont was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Harvard University in 1938, he pursued an engineering career with Packard Motor Car Co. (where he was granted several patents) and General Motors. Mr. de Beaumont served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. Following the war, he continued with his engineering career at both Apex Electrical Manufacturing Company and Bostic.
In 1965, Mr. de Beaumont, and his wife Mary Deland (Robbins), founded the Brookstone Company—initially a mail order catalogue, it eventually grew to become a successful chain of retail stores. They sold Brookstone to the Quaker Oats Company in 1980 and retired. In 1998, Mr. de Beaumont started the de Beaumont Foundation with the goal of improving public health. Mr. de Beaumont died in December 2010.