Former Regis High School Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Labbat ’83 P’23 was honored with the Deo et Patriae Award on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Established in 1981, the annual award is presented to a person who has served Regis and the community in a distinguished capacity.
“I’m grateful to Pete for his intense love of Regis, for his extreme dedication to this place that all of us love,” Regis President Rev. Daniel K. Lahart, S.J. said. “Pete, for your many years of dedication and your life of service to so many of us here on 84th Street for so long, thank you.”
Labbat accepted the award during the Deo et Patriae Reception and Celebration, which recognizes all those who supported Regis at the Order of the Owl level during the previous fiscal year. The son of immigrant parents who left Egypt to escape anti-Christian discrimination, Labbat spoke passionately about the role his alma mater played in his formation.
“Regis delivers so much more than just a great academic education. It delivers a spiritual one designed to shape a young man’s character so that he realizes his place in the world and his duty to others.”
Labbat joined the Board of Trustees in 2005 and served two consecutive three-year terms. After a one-year hiatus, he returned to the Board in 2010 as Vice-Chairman and then led the Board as Chairman from 2013-2019. He oversaw the celebration of Regis’ centennial and the search process that resulted in the hiring of Fr. Lahart as the school’s 23rd president.
“There are many people here tonight because we are honoring Pete,” Fr. Lahart said. “But I’m literally here tonight because of Pete.”
Lee Harrs ’83, a classmate and close friend, introduced Labbat, offering good-natured ribbing along with genuine praise.
“Let me just say how immensely proud I and we are of Pete.” Harrs said. “He is the best example of the Class of 1983 and one of the great Regians of all time.”
A graduate of Georgetown University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Labbat serves as managing partner at Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in North America’s energy infrastructure. He and his wife, Karen, live in Brooklyn with their two sons.
“Regis really shouldn’t be giving me an award to say thank you,” Labbat said. “For I can never say thank you enough to Regis for what I’ve received here.”
A video of Labbat’s remarks as well as photographs from the event are below. The full 2019 Deo et Patriae program can be viewed on Regis’ YouTube account.
Peter Labbat '83 P'23 speaks after accepting the 2019 Deo et Patriae Award.
Regis seniors lead attendees at the 2019 Deo et Patriae Reception and Celebration in the singing of the Regis alma mater.
Lee Harrs '83 introduces his classmate and close friend.