Peter McCullagh was born in Plumbridge, Northern Ireland, and was educated at St. Columb’s College in Derry and the University of Birmingham, before entering the program at Imperial College London where he received his Ph.D. in 1977.  Peter first arrived at the University of Chicago in Fall 1977 with a two-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Between 1979 and 1985 he spent time at Imperial College London, at AT&T Bell Labs, at the University of British Columbia, and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In 1985 he and his wife Rosa returned to Chicago and settled down, where Peter is now the John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Statistics and Rosa is with the Mathematics Department of the University of Chicago Laboratory School. Peter has received many awards over the years (some pictured above), recognizing a body of work that has had a huge impact on modern statistics and its application to the sciences. Peter’s deep insight into both theoretical and applied statistics is unsurpassed by any other living statistician, and the book he co-authored, Generalized Linear Models (1983, 1989), is at the core of all the best graduate programs in the world.  But to many who know him, his greatest achievement has been as teacher, colleague, and mentor, as he helped shape our program and guide the Department for more than 30 years, six of them as Department Chairman. He celebrated his 65th birthday (on a date shared with Elvis Presley and Stephen Hawking) earlier this year, and this conference gives an occasion for friends and colleagues to more formally salute him.