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Walter C. Petersen M.D.


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Walter C. Petersen M.D. Obituary
Walter C. Petersen, MD

Walter C. Petersen, MD passed away in Seattle, Washington on Monday, April 4 2016. He was born in Dallas, Texas on October 3, 1928, the son of George and Josephine Petersen. After living in Nebraska for several years, his family moved to Seattle. Walter graduated from Roosevelt High School. Following service in the US Army, he entered the University of Washington. He graduated in 1951 and then entered UW Medical school. After Medical school, he served his internship in Brooklyn, NY and then his residency in ophthalmology at The Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Walter returned to Seattle and practiced ophthalmology for 48 years. He was a member of several medical organizations, local and national. During his active practice years, he was awarded the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for 15 years of service in education. He served as president of the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the American Eye Study Club and the Seattle Tennis club. He was chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Swedish hospital for Six years. For several years, he served as chairman of the Bishop Foundation, dedicated to eye research.

Walter is predeceased by his brother Warren. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, his children James, Michael and Katherine, step children Kirk and Maren (Brandon) and his grandchildren Emma, Brody and Andrew.

At his request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or the Bishop foundation, c/o Bank of America Trust Department.

Please sign Walter's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 10, 2016
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