Dr. William Hilmer Peters
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Peters, Dr. William Hilmer Age 79, of Dallas, TX, husband of Marilyn Stanecki Peters, was born September 10, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI, and died November 19, 2012. He was the son of the late Steve and Elsie Peters. He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn of 56 years, a daughter Jacquelyn Rieck, a daughter Victoria Vergason and son-in-law Michael Vergason, a son Bradley Peters, and seven grandchildren, Andrea Rieck, Camille Rieck, Matthew Westin, William Peters Vergason, Christian Vergason, Olivia Vergason, and Sarah Peters, all of whom brought him joy. He was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and Raymond Peters, a sister Jean Fredrick, a brother-in-law Earl Hooper, and a sister-in-law Rosemary Peters. He is survived by one sister Dorothy Hooper, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Michael and Sue Stanecki, and several nieces and nephews. He obtained a bachelor's degree in English and History from Marquette University, a master's degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctoral degree in English Education from the University of Virginia. His teaching career began at Greenfield High School in Milwaukee, WI in l958 after serving two years in the army as a Counter Intelligence Corps specialist. He taught English and served as English Department Chairman. Many of his former students remained his lifetime friends. After receiving his doctoral degree in 1968, he accepted a position at the University of Kentucky where he was an Assistant Professor, an Associate Professor, and Professor of English Education and later served as Curriculum and Instruction Department Chairman. In 1981, he accepted a position as Professor and Head of the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Texas A&M University. He authored extensive research and scholarly publications in English and secondary education. He retired as Emeritus Professor of Education at Texas A&M University in 2005. Funeral arrangements provided by Sparkman Richardson Funeral Home, 1029 South Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75081. Visitation and a funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, TX on Monday, November 26th at 11:00 AM. Christian entombment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum following the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to Doctors Without Borders: (doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/tribute.cfm?)

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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2012.
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December 19, 2012
I have always had fond memories of my time in Dr. Peters' class at Greenfield HS. He helped develop my lifelong interest in good reading and writing, and the value of the written word. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Robert Miller
December 18, 2012
I just loved working with Professor Peters. Kind, great sense of humour and always the consummate professional.
Ron McBride
December 17, 2012
Wow, really saddened to hear of "Mr. Peters" death. Although I have not heard of him since I had him for English at Greenfield High my senior year in 1963, I have thought of him often since then & will always remember his "word of the day" and definition that we copied and were tested on. I sure appreciated how this increased my vocabulary for life. Thank you for what you did for me and so many students over the years, you will surely be remembered by me and your many other students. I regret not being in touch with him all these years. May he rest in peace.
Ron Bailey
December 17, 2012
I believe I can say that all of us that were priveliged to have been in Dr. Peters class, would agree that he was an absolute professional, passionate, and caring teacher while at Greenfield High School. It was an honor to have been one of his students.
RC Connit
December 14, 2012
Sincere condolences to Marilyn and Bill's family. Bill was a great guy and I will remember his leadership and friendship in bringing me to Texas A&M.
Gerald Kulm, Professor Emeritus, Apple Valley, CA
November 30, 2012
I wish to express my condolences to Marilyn and the rest of Bill's family. As department head and professor here at A&M, he was passionate about his work, his students, his faculty and his family. He was a real leader--always a gentleman but with high standards for himself and those he worked with. Members of our department, Teaching, Learning and Culture (formerly EDCI) are donating to DWB in Bill's memory and to honor him.

Cathy Loving (College Station,Texas)
November 27, 2012
Our thoughts are with Marilyn and family. Bill was a pleasure to work with. What was best for his students always guided his actions as Department Head and Teacher. In his quiet, effective way he was a model for all of us outside as well as inside the College.
Dean Corrigan
November 26, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Peace!
UWM School of Education
November 26, 2012
Our prayers are with you and the family at this time. We will always remember his kindness while working with him at Texas A&M University.
Pat Larke and Gwen Webb-Hasan, College Station, TX.
Pat Larke
November 25, 2012
I gentleman and a great colleague.
Lloyd Korhonen
November 25, 2012
Dear Marilyn,
We were deeply sorry to hear about the death of Bill. Many people have been positively enriched by the presence of Bill. Our thoughts are with the family and you. Glenn & Ida Johnson [College Station, TX]
November 25, 2012
Dr. / Mr. Peters was my Greenfield High School Advanced English Teacher.. He was the best! I learned so much from his class, and to this day think of him often. My daughter now teaches English at Int'l Pacific College in New Zealand. Thus, Dr.Peters' "teaching" has extended far beyond our State, and our Country. My Sympathy to his family. I'm sure he will be missed by all.
Kathy Hoefler - Peters
November 24, 2012
As a teacher in Bryan ISD, I enjoyed working with Dr. Peters on various projects with A&M and with student teachers. His smile was contagious. He left a lasting impression on the education profession. Thank you Dr. Peters.
Carolyn Lampo
November 24, 2012
Peace be with the family of such a special person. Bill was a role model for all of us as a teacher, a parent and especially as a husband. Our deepest sympathy to Marilyn and his family.
Gretchen and George Niva
Gretchen and George Niva
November 24, 2012
Third floor Harrington was a better place thanks to Dr. Peters!
November 24, 2012
Marilyn Dishman 1978
I would like to extend my condolences to the family. Dr. Peters was my adviser at the University of Kentucky, 1977-78. I remember the genuine concern he had for making sure that all of my credits transferred from another state university, so that I would not have to repeat any courses. He went so far as to make them put everything in writing! He was a kind and gentle man. I will always hold him in the highest esteem. I feel fortunate that he was a part of my educational success. Ironically, after five years of teaching in Lexington, I moved to Austin to pursue my master's degree at the University of Texas.
Marilyn Dishman, LEXINGTON, Kentucky
Marilyn Dishman
November 24, 2012
I will always remember his bright smile and his wonderful laugh. He was very blessed to have such a loving and devoted family around him.
Jill Satterwhite
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