Douglas Peterson, Former Professor of Education and Dean of Academic Affairs

Douglas died on July 10, 2017. He was 91 years old. He was born and reared in Minnesota. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. After the war he earned his B.A. at the University of Minnesota and his M.A. at Yale. Douglas worked at Kalamazoo College from 1957 to 1972, first as a professor of education and later as dean of academic affairs. He left K to earn a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He returned to Kalamazoo and started his own law firm. He practiced in the areas of corporate law, and jurisprudence surrounding public education, higher education and labor relations. In 1992 he became a partner at Gemrich, Bowser, Fette, and he remained at that law firm until his 1997 retirement. Douglas served on the Kalamazoo County School Board and other community organizations, including the American Cancer Society. He moved to Le Claire, Iowa, in 1998, and was active there in community service and city politics. He returned to Kalamazoo in 2015 to be closer to family. During his life he enjoyed tennis, traveling, reading, music and being outdoors.