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Col. Thorwald Roger Peterson

Peterson, Col. Thorwald Roger, U.S. Army (Ret.) 82, passed away April 27, 2013 in Clearwater, FL, surrounded by his family: his wife, Elizabeth and his four daughters, Laura (Joe), Janet, Diane and Katherine. His death was a result of an enlarged heart, pneumonia, and a gall bladder infection. An officer and a gentleman, Roger graduated into the Corps of Engineers from West Point in 1953, where he coached and lettered in basketball. He also received a Master's in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a Master's of Public Administration from George Washington University. An Army Ranger and paratrooper, he served as a Company Commander in Korea along the DMZ in 1954, and as Division Engineer of the 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) in Vietnam during Tet in 1968, where he received several medals for valor. After serving as U.S. Army District Engineer in St. Louis, MO from 1973-76, he returned to St. Louis in 1979. He joined Booker Associates: Engineers, Architects and Planners, where he rose to become President and CEO. He was active in many civic organizations, including serving on the Board of Trustees and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Science of St. Louis, as chair of the music committee of the VP Parade, founding member of the Frank Lloyd Wright House in St. Louis, vestry member of the Church of St. Michael and St. George, member of Rotary International, and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. He also held a Presidential appointment as the Missouri State Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves to help deployed and returning military personnel and their families, and was Chair of the National Convention of the Society of American Military Engineers, held in St. Louis, and Chair of the Military Affairs Committee of RCGA. He served on the Board of the Episcopal Presbyterian Foundation that provides services for the elderly, helping to found Brookings Park. His Funeral Service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Clearwater. Services: A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis at a later date. His interment will be with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. His legacy includes 5 granddaughters, 5 grandsons and 2 great-grandsons. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of St. Michael and St. George or Meals on Wheels. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Hubbell Funeral Home 727-584-7671 www.HubbellFuneralHome.com

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 1, 2013
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