Peterson, Julian Arnold "Bill" Julian Arnold "Bill" Peterson, our treasured and dearly-missed husband, father, brother, friend and colleague passed away from bladder cancer on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Born October 3, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. Attended Wittenberg and received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Michigan in 1967. Joined the faculty at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in 1968, retiring as Professor Emeritus after 44 years in 2011. With his son Eric, Bill was heavily involved in the scouting movement, including 5 years as a Scoutmaster. He also lead various groups of young men on High Adventure expeditions: Philmont Scout Ranch and Florida High Adventure Sea Base. Bill's commitment to youth leadership culminated in 1992 when he received the Wood Badge certification. He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow. As a community activist, Bill worked to create a better quality of life in Dallas, chairing the Police Crime Watch Executive Board, and orchestrating a highly-successful area-wide graffiti paint-out that became the model for a city-wide effort. Named Volunteer of the Year by the Dallas Police Department in 2008. Councilmember Angela Hunt appointed Bill to serve on the Dallas Senior Affairs Commission in 2006 and on the Dallas City Plan Commission, where he served from 2009 to 2012. Bill enjoyed life: traveling, cooking, wine-tasting, patronizing the arts, photography and enjoying the close relationships that are the benefit of such a long rich life. He is survived by his wife, P Jay, and son Eric; both of Dallas; his sisters Alice (of Detroit, MI) and Gerry (of Vandalia, OH) and his brothers Mike (of Houston, TX) and Bob (of Colorado Springs, CO), as well as a large extended family. A private celebration of life will be held for family, close friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to one of the following organizations that were close to Bill's heart: Boy Scouts of America, Dallas Chamber Music or SPCA.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 30, 2012