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|Service: February 10, 2017 (Friday) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.|
Location: DeVol Funeral Home
Per Oscar Saether died peacefully at home in Gaithersburg (which he liked to call Saethers-burg) on January 31 after several years of working to beat the health issues that forced him to cut back on his once active lifestyle. He called himself "bionic" as he tried to understand why his soccer and hockey-playing, weight-lifting, ski-jumping, swing-dancing body was letting him down as he aged.
Born November 9, 1940 in Oslo, Norway, he was a graduate of Berg College with degrees in English and History. He followed his dream to move to the US in the mid 60s as a lieutenant with NATO Special Forces. For nearly 15 years, he provided security services for Norway's ambassador to DC, followed by similar positions for GEIS, NORTEL, and UCCEL executives. He eventually established his own business called POSitive Performance. His clients in this new endeavor included Dr. Paul Stern, Altobello Family Partners, CareFirst, ChoicePoint, The Ryland Group, Young & Rubicam, Burson-Marsteller, and NorHouse Inc. among others.
Per was a world traveler who spoke several languages. His professional career called for expertise in transportation services, executive protection, logistical planning for meetings and special events, and protocol procedures.
An exuberant story teller with a generous spirit, Per will be missed by the friends he made living life in what he called "my way". Gregarious to the end, give him a phone and book of numbers and he'd be in touch. He had relationships he held dear with professional colleagues, Norwegian contemporaries, and buddies in the local establishments he frequented. He loved his dogs that were almost constant companions.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Pat Lissak Saether; a nephew, Atle Fjeld in Norway, and Pat's extended family: brother Guy and his wife Eileen Lissak and their children Matt and Carly, brother Mark and his wife Maggie Lissak and their children Kelly and Erik; sister Dee Lissak Binnie and her children Ali Binnie Shore and Harrison Binnie; and sister Deb Lissak Booth and her children Will Booth, Charles Booth Romero, Liesel Booth and Gretchen Booth.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 10, 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Per's name.
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