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Michael Downes Peterson, 52, died at Keystone Hospice in Philadelphia on July 22, 2017. The cause was brain cancer. Mike was born in San Rafael, California to Donald Warren Peterson and Nancy Joan Simons Peterson. He attended Princeton University where he won the Halbert White Prize for outstanding performance in Economics and he played on both the junior varsity and varsity tennis teams. Mike won a Keasbey Scholarship for study at Trinity College, Cambridge in England, where he earned an M.A. in Mathematics. Following his time in England, Mike earned a Ph.D. in Management Science at the MIT Sloan School. After a brief stint as an Assistant Professor of Operations at Indiana University, he joined McKinsey and Company as an Associate Consultant in 1995 before beginning a rewarding twenty year career in New York at Pzena Investment Management. Mike was a philanthropist with a focus on organizations dedicated to poverty relief and development. He was a joyful and enthusiastic father to his sons Colin, Matthew and Timothy, and a beloved husband to his wife, Sarah, who will miss his extraordinary energy and optimism. In addition to his parents, Donald and Nancy of Portola Valley, California and his immediate family, he is survived by his sister Karen Peterson-Iyer and her husband Mohan Iyer of Menlo Park, California and his parents in law, T. Michael and Barbara W. Mather of Philadelphia along with a large and loving family. Donations in his honor may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society at braintumor.org. A memorial service will be held on October 15th in Philadelphia.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 6, 2017
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