In Memoriam: Gene Peterson ('76)

 

Gene Peterson (LU Physics, ’76) died on November 20, 2015 at his home in Richmond, Virginia just a few months after contracting a particularly aggressive and uncommon form of bone cancer.  Gene had relocated to Richmond from Seattle just two years earlier to become the chief safety and quality officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and associate dean for patient safety and quality care at the VCU School of Medicine.
Gene and I, along with Sue Cook and a few others, were close friends (and sometimes competitors!) in the Department of Physics at Lawrence.  Gene and I were lucky to spend a term at the London Center (then the Lexham Gardens Hotel) under the tutelage of Bruce Brackenridge, who took us on wonderful tours of Newtonian England.   We were amongst the initial members of the Loyal Society of S.I.N. (Sir Isaac Newton, of course; “Up with gravity, down with levity!”).  There was no shortage of levity, however, as we explored the three cities (London, Cambridge, Grantham) each having three sites of historical significance in Newton’s life (one of which, at the time, was occupied by a Turkish bath which we were obliged to try out).  While in London Gene did an analysis of the British five-pound note, which showed an illustration from Newton’s Principia.  Unfortunately, the British Mint had copied the illustration from an incorrect edition.  Gene and Bruce notified the authorities, and I believe that later printings of the banknotes had the correct figure.
After Lawrence Gene attended the University of Leeds in the UK on a Marshall Scholarship.  I think he charmed the selection committee with his stories of raising bees on the family farm in Delafield!  He completed a PhD in physical chemistry from Leeds (1980) and an MD from the University of Chicago (1982).  Gene’s medical career led from anesthesiology gradually into health administration, focusing on care quality metrics and safety.
Gene is one of the LU Physics Department’s major success stories, and it is sad that we have lost him so early.  Gene contributed generously to the Physics program in appreciation for the excellent basis it provided for his further education and career, but also in recognition of the wonderful faculty and staff who, for both of us, became life-long friends.  Those wishing to contribute to LU Physics in Gene’s memory are asked to contact Erin Chudacoff (erin.h.chudacoff@lawrence.edu)
for details on the process.

Bob Hanisch, ‘76
February 2016

Graduates of the Lawrence Physics Program

2015

Betzold, Amber

Coenen, Ashley

D'Souza, Sanfer

Doares, Andrew (Drew)

Kozloff, David

Liang, Tianchu (Alex)

Martinez Zambrano, Daniel

Rasmussen, Tanner

 

 

2014

Cullen, Joseph

Friend, Michael (m)

Gabriel, Hannah

Herman, Alyssa (m)

Hoang, The Gia (m)

Jakes, Will

Lohrmann, Erich

Patterson, Alex

Sinai-Yunker, Cooper

Van de Graaff, Michael

Wennerstrom, Michael

 

2013

Black, Gus (m)

Dempsey, Jack (m)

Mayer, Karl

Price, Micah

Thayer, Travis

Williamson, Ellie

Wright, Aaron

2012

Darrell, James

Exarhos, Stephen

Klocke, Melissa

Miller, Joia

Qiu, Fangzhou (Frederick)

Readinger, Adam

Strehlow, Henry

Van Hoozen, Brian

Zhang, Zhe

2011

Corsbie, Chris (m)

Bodee, Brad

Bodnar, Carol

Choudhury, Faraz

Frater, Eric

Glenn, Lawrence

Gray, Kelsey

Knoedler, Andrew

Lerch, Amelia

Stephenson, Alyssa

2010

Meichle, David

Niederriter, Rob

O'Halloran, Joe

Treiman, Michael

Ziege, Julia

2009

Anderson, Matt

Fulton, Daniel

Harbage, David

Huck, Peter

Malyshev, Gennady

Marheine, Sarah

Peck, Emily

Phillippi, Andrew

Robert, Domi

Rude, Sara

Smoniewski, Jason

Solberg, Jeffery

Toussaint, Ted

Van Camp, Mackie

Zehfus, Corey

2008

Bajracharya, Anmol

Curry, Sarah

Dowd, Will

Garbacik, Erik

Geisthardt, Russell

Gerrity, Randy

Halverson, Max

Hector, Julian

Kane, Andrew

Maas, Robert

Megow, Erik

Pierquet, Michael

Rubin, Jacob

Sit, Stefany

VanArsdale, Michael

Weber, Karl

2007

Exarhos, Annemarie

Ha, Bao

Hawley, Chris

Lasowski, Matt

Rice, Brandon

Schneck, Maureen

Schwert, Brent

Weiss, Claire

2006

Borej, Bart

Burton, Amanda

Casner, Dan

Dolan, Kyle

Douglas, Nat

Goil, Aditya

Griffith, Jon

McNeil, Henry

Rodenbeck, Joe

Ryan, Duncan

Silwal, Rupesh

Stackpole, Matt

Teodoro-Dier, Adriana

Tipping, Bradley

2005

Bhinge, Rahul

Brown, Edward

Dogaru, Alex

Evans, April

Hahn, Steven

Kost, Lauren

Kunwar, Samridha

Mauro, Nick

Schonfeld, Paul

Warmington, Leighton

2004

Dietrich, Matt

Gooden, Dmitri

Kaminski, Scott

Kruesi, Liz

Levin-Koopman, Jason

Mills, Dwight

Milne, Michelle

Schendel, Megan

2003

Curtis, Val

Growdon, Mark

Heitman, Kristen

Kohlmann, Steve

Krupka, Nick

Peterson, Ace

Phelps, Chris

Robinson, Kim

Sonderegger, Evan

Wells, Joe

Witt, Suzanne

2002

Dralus, Danica

Jung, Ryan

Marksteiner, Quinn

Phillips, Wellington

Thuecks, Derek

Tice, Dane

Sampson, Robin

2001

Bluett, Jaques

Cross, Josh

Gauthier, Rudy

Johnson, Leif

Kopp, Angela

Pelzer, Adam

Regal, Cindy

Schmitt, Stuart

Theiss, Adam

Vande Hey, Josh

Warrick, Jay

Yakes, Michael

2000

Dunleavy, Teresa

Kondratko, Paul

Reeves, Jessica

1999

Beck, Tim

Brubaker, Erik

Fernandez, Luz

Holst, William

Moore, Eric

Nongkynrih, Neville

Sezer, Ben

Steffen, Leta

Tamamoto, Brent

Taylor, Kurt

Trigg, Scott

Walby, Chad

1998

Donnelly, Michael

Dostal, David

Lewandowski, Amie

Nishimura, Michael

Nornberg, Mark

Shaw, Scot

Truitt, Jim

1997

Bassett, Alfred

Delaney, Scott

Feist, Jeffrey

Fiora, Renate

Harrington, David

Kimball, Paul

Miller, Tim

Murschel, Scott

Schmidt, Chris

Smith, Wade

Stenner, Michael

Syed, Sheyum

Thompson, Todd

Thorne, Adam

Tong, Anthony

Tourdot, William

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