Former Dean of Students Carroll Peterson Dies

Peterson donned cap and gown to receive an honorary degree in 2006

NORTHBROOK, IL (February 27, 2008) – A memorial service for longtime North Park University professor and Dean of Students Carroll Peterson, 90, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northbrook United Methodist Church. He died Friday.

Peterson, known as "C.P." to students, served at the University from 1946 to 1982 in various roles, including professor of biology, chair of the division of science and mathematics, and resident director. He was dean of students for nearly 20 years. Peterson also represented the school as president of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW).

North Park University awarded him an honorary doctorate at the 2006 May commencement. In making the presentation, ABC-TV medical editor Dr. G. Timothy Johnson C'56 S'63 noted the influence of his mentor. "He made biology come alive and inspired many young people to pursue careers in science." He added, "At many points in my life I have remembered the way in which C.P. would 'do it' — and that memory has always inspired me and served me well. He was, and is, a role model par excellence."

For the text of Johnson's remarks, click here.

Peterson was born March 19, 1917, in Chicago, just blocks from the University at which he would spend his professional career. He married Verla Bayly in 1943.

He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Augustana College in 1939 and his master's degree from Northwestern University in 1940. Military service cut short his work for a doctorate in botany.

In addition to Peterson's wife, Verla, survivors include two sons, Vaughn and Barry Peterson, and a daughter, Doreen Dimick.

Memorials can be made to the Carroll J. Peterson Scholarship Fund at North Park University, Box 6, 3225 W. Foster, Chicago, IL, 60625. Designate the fund on the memo line.

Peace to the memory of Carroll Peterson.