Obituary: Walter L. “Pete” Peterson
Walter L. “Pete” Peterson
March 10, 1943 – August 6th, 2015
Dr. Walter L. Peterson, Professor Emeritus at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Solana Vintage Park in Houston, Texas, succumbing to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Dr. Peterson was born March 10, 1943, in Abilene, Texas, to Walter and Helen Peterson. He graduated from SMU in Dallas in 1964 with Phi Beta Kappa and from UTSW Medical School in Dallas in 1968 with the Ho Din Award — which honors outstanding knowledge, understanding and compassion.
He completed his residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and, while there, fought for patient benefits and rights. His residency in gastroenterology was with Dr. John Fordtran at UTSW, after which he served his country in the United States Army at Letterman General Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco.
He joined the faculty at UTSW in 1975 and served at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dallas until his retirement in 2004. He continued to teach part time at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver, Colorado. He was a world-renowned and distinguished investigator, teacher and clinician. He co-founded the consulting group EBMed (Evidence-Based Medicine) and was co-editor of the Medical Journal AP&T (Alimentary, Pharmacology and Therapeutics).
Dr. Peterson is survived by his wife Linda Kay, his sons Greg Peterson, Tres Thompson and wife Gail, and Russell Thompson and wife Jennifer, along with five grandchildren, one sister, Kay Doebner, and his former wife, Janet. He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Jennifer.
Dr. Peterson and Linda Kay lived for a number of years in the Peak 7 area of Breckenridge, Colorado. He served as president of the Summit Historical Society in 2007-2008.
Memorials may be sent in his honor to CurePSP.org (30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093), or Abandoned Animal Rescue of Tomball – aartomball.org, 419 E. Hufsmith, Tomball, Tx. 77375.
Per his request, Dr. Pete, as his friends and family called him, did not want a memorial service but requested that a party be held with “only the best wine served.” To that end, the family will be hosting two such events, one in Houston and one in Dallas in the fall of 2015.
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