Peter John Chapman, a Pensacola resident, died unexpectedly March 21, 2013 at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Peter, 76, was born October 26, 1936 in Wolverhampton, England. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Leeds. In 1961, he received the Fulbright Travel Scholarship, which brought him to the University of Illinois
to continue his post-doctorate studies. After the completion of those studies, Peter returned to England to the University of Hull for a two-year teaching assignment. Again, Peter returned to the United States, becoming a professor of Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota
, where he remained for more than 20 years. During his tenure, Peter authored and co-authored numerous research publications, establishing himself as an authority in microbial degradation.
Peter received a US, EPA Distinguished Visiting Scientist position at the Sabine Island Laboratory on Pensacola Beach, and eventually became a Senior Research Microbiologist. He remained at this position until his retirement in 2009.
After retirement, Peter enjoyed the company of family, friends, and pets. Peter, an iconic figure at the Roger Scott Dog Park was always flanked by his Springer Spaniels. Whether at the park or walking through his neighborhood, Peter was always ready with a smile and an introduction of his dogs.
The Downtown YMCA was another venue for Peter, where he could be found several days a week. He enjoyed not only his weight lifting routine, but also the social interaction with many of the other members.
Peter was a man of many interests and had knowledge of many subjects. He loved music and dancing. Finally, Peter was a NY Times Crossword Puzzle aficionado.
Peter, a loving husband, father and step-father, is survived by his wife Susan; son Mark Chapman, granddaughter, Shae, and grandson, Caleb, of Houston Texas; and daughter Sarah Chapman and granddaughter Chance, of Los Angeles, California. Two stepdaughters, Sara Seuzeneau, her daughters, Paige and Emily; and Kristin Beck, her sons, Hudson and Shepard and daughter, Ingrid; stepson Ben Scrivner; and Monty and Mandy, his Springer Spaniels, reside in Pensacola.
Peter was always ready with a smile and a pleasant word. A truly brilliant, sweet, generous man, Peter will be missed by all who knew him.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Pensacola Humane Society at 2480 W. Garden St., Pensacola, FL 32501.
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