Dr. Robert Lee Peters, Jr Dr. Robert Lee Peters, Jr. lost his battle with cancer on January 13, 2012, at Round Rock Medical Center with his loving wife of 48 years, Ruby, at his side. Services will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, Round Rock at 10:00 a.m. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 16th at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 RR 620, Round Rock. More information is available at www.beckchapels.com. Born, April 27, 1933, in Austin, Texas, he was the son of Dr. Robert Lee Peters, Sr. and Grenade Farmer Peters. He is survived by his sister, Norma Ann and husband George Barrowman, sons, Bruce and wife Theresa Smith, Mark and wife Beth Smith, Rex and wife Karrie Richardson, daughters, Janice and husband Lynn Simpler, Laura and husband Jim Moody, and Becky and husband Russ Sargeant. He has 13 grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends who will miss him deeply. Dr. Peters earned his doctorate of osteopathic medicine degree in 1958 from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine after attending Texas A & M University. He practiced four years in Pasadena, Texas, and nine years in Calvert, Texas before relocating to Round Rock in 1972. His professional life was distinguished by multiple opportunities for leadership, some of which were President of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, President of the Texas Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Board of Directors for the American Osteopathic Association, Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Fellow of American College of Utilization and Review Physicians, and was instrumental in the establishment of Round Rock Community Hospital, where he served as its first Chief of Staff and, at the time of his death, still serving on the Board of Directors. Dr Peters earned numerous professional awards including Family Practitioner of the Year and T.R. Sharp Meritorious Service Award from Texas Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Life Member Awards from A.O.A, A.C.O.F.P. and T.O.M.A., and the T.O.M.A. Community and Distinguished Service Awards. Among his many community service awards, Dr. Peters earned Citizen of the Year in both Calvert and Round Rock. He was awarded Kiwianian of the year and served as their President. In addition, he was awarded the first Lifetime Partnership Award for dedication to Round Rock High School football team. He was a recipient of the 2010 "Local Legend" award for his contribution to the community. A statue in honor of Dr. Peters' dedication to his patients and his service to the Round Rock community will be erected and a memorial scholarship fund has been established. Donations can be made at Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, 206 East Main, Round Rock, 78664, or www.roundrockcommunityfoundation.org.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on January 16, 2012