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Phyllis Peters
Phyllis Peters Look

Trail-blazing female auditor seized opportunities for education & growth

It’s nice to know what you want to do for a living at an early age. Phyllis Peters Look ’51 was lucky that way. You could say she was accountable. She loved numbers and knew that she wanted to attend business school and major in accounting.

She chose to attend the University of Detroit based on its robust accounting program, a choice that she has never regretted. Phyllis was one of only 89 women in the business school. After graduating in 1951, she had her choice of offers from several large accounting firms. She chose Deloitte & Touche and embarked on a challenging and rewarding career. She joined the audit staff and also worked in management consulting, which was just getting started. She rose to director of Professional Standards, a.k.a. chief of quality control. Her U of D education in business ethics guided her as she reviewed clients’ financial statements and business practices.

“To make a good living and make wise decisions is part of the Jesuit-Mercy culture,” she says. “Now, it’s time for the next generations to have those opportunities.”

—Phyllis Peters Look '51

After nearly 42 years at Deloitte & Touche, Phyllis retired in December 1992. Since then, she has supported UDM in many ways. She was on the Alumni Board and served as its first female president. She volunteered in the Career Center and conducted countless mock interviews. She currently sits on the College of Business Administration Advisory Board.

She and her husband Cal are avid Titan fans, especially basketball. They have contributed to scholarships for student-athletes and for capital funding of UDM Athletics.

“To make a good living and make wise decisions is part of the Jesuit-Mercy culture,” she says. “Now, it’s time for the next generations to have those opportunities. This is why it’s important to give back. My husband and I feel strongly that our investments in UDM students are a wise use of our funds. ”