PEABODY — Arthur E. Peterson, 95, of Peabody, passed away on March 23, 2013. He was the husband of Barbara Bennett Peterson, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage.
Raised in White Plains, New York, he was the son of the late Carl A. and Anna (Anderson) Peterson. Arthur graduated from White Plains High School, class of 1935. He was one of the first men to graduate from the Westchester School of Nursing as an RN in 1938. He was also a proud alumnus of NYU, where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the School of Education.
As a lifelong educator specializing in math and science, Mr. Peterson taught at Westchester School of Nursing, and in the New York State public schools. He most enjoyed teaching chemistry.
He worked at Pratt Whitney Aircraft as a teacher for 3-1/2 years before serving as a Pharmacist’s Mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Arthur lived in Katonah, New York, for more than 50 years before retiring to Brooksby Village in Peabody in 2009. In Katonah, he was active in Boy Scouts as a Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor for swimming and lifesaving. He also volunteered as a teacher for the American Red Cross. Mr. Peterson was a longtime member and past President of the Katonah Lions Club, and also a long-time member of Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, New York, where he taught Sunday school for many years. In recent years, he was active in the VASA Order of America.
In addition to his wife, Arthur is survived by a son Salem Attorney James A. Peterson of Swampscott and two grandchildren, Hannah Peterson and Daniel Peterson of Swampscott. He also leaves three nieces, Linda Doherty (Robert) of White Plains, New York, Anna Ruth Kaneshiro (Wayne) of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Nancy MacDonald of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and two nephews, John Peterson, Jr. (Deborah) and Gary Peterson (Janice), both of New Bern, North Carolina. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Carl A. Peterson, of Fremont, California, and John Norman Peterson of New Bern, North Carolina, and his aunt, Mabel Anderson Wallin of White Plains.