Manuel (Manny) Peralta



Manuel (Manny) Peralta, died on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at home. He was born in Hempstead, LI, NY February 14, 1934.
His is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Gloria (Kruse) Peralta. They were married in New York, NY in 1956, and had three children – Gregory, Suzanne, and Stephan. Gregory’s wife is Terry (Graf) Peralta, and they have two children – Jasmine and Logan. Suzanne married Sean Chance, and subsequently preceded her dad in death. Stephan has three children from prior marriages – Hunter, Maria, and Grace.
Manny graduated, with honors, from New York University (NYU), where he earned both a Bachelor’s Degree (1956) and Master’s Degree (1963) in Civil Engineering. In 1972, he graduated from Cornell University’s Executive Program.
From 1956 to 1986, he worked for Exxon (Esso), becoming a Vice President and Senior General Manager. His career included responsibilities for Exxon’s Coal and Synthetic Fuels business, and it’s worldwide Project Management organization. He was instrumental in advancing Exxon’s project management technology to be a leader in the industry. During his Exxon career, he and his family lived in Spain, England, and Holland.
His track record with Exxon of leadership in dealing with organizations undergoing significant transitions led to his being appointed by President Reagan in 1987, following the Challenger accident, to a senior management position in NASA. In his capacity as the head of the NASA’s Office of Management, he played an important role in the Agency’s “Return to Flight Program” leading to the launching of Discovery.
In 1989, Mr. Peralta was selected by the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), to be its President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure at ANSI, he strengthened America’s international role and leadership position in Worldwide Standardization. He retired from ANSI in 1994 and moved to Hilton Head. Subsequent to his retirement, he was recognized by the ANSI Board for the very positive change and redirection of the organization achieved during his tenure.
In retirement, he remained very active and served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club, Board member and President of the Spanish Wells Property Owners Association, Board member and President of the Spanish Wells Club, Committee Chairman for the 2012 Hilton Head Boat Show at Windmill Harbor, and was one of the Founders and Co-Commissioner for the Windmill Harbor Golf Group.
For his contributions at Spanish Wells Club, in 2004, he joined John McIntosh, the Club’s founder, in being made an Honorary Member of the Club. He also received a special award for his leadership in the successful returning of the Boat Show to Windmill Harbor in 2012, after more than two decade hiatus. In 2016, the Manny Peralta Golf Trophy was established in recognition of his role in establishing and promoting the Windmill Harbor Golf Group.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry or to John Hopkins Medicine, Prostate Cancer Research using the following website link, and follow the instructions for Prostate Cancer.