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Reuben Peterson
Faculty Senate

Death removed from the ranks of the nation's experts in obstetrics and gynecology one of its outstanding members when Dr. Reuben Peterson, Sc.D. (Hon.) '36, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, succumbed at his home in Duxbury, Mass., November 25, at the age of 80.

Dr. Peterson was born in Boston, Mass., on June 29, 1862, and graduated from the Harvard University School of Medicine in 1889. After several years of practice in Grand Rapids he joined the University staff as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1901. In 1926, he became Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children, and in 1931 he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He served as Medical Director of University Hospital in 1912-18, and was a Major in the United States Medical Corps in 1917-19.

A Fellow of the American Gynecological Society, Dr. Peterson served as its President in 1911, and was also President of the Chicago Gynecological Society in 1910. He was a member and one of the founders of the American College of Surgeons and an honorary Fellow of the Edinburgh Obstetrical Society.

During the past several years Dr. Peterson had been at work on an exhaustive history of the University Hospital, and had completed his writings recently. The manuscripts have been deposited in the Michigan Historical Collections by University authorities. A summary of the lengthy work will be published in the University Encyclopedic Survey soon Dr. Peterson spent years in collecting the material for the book, and the manuscripts will prove a value to the University because of the thoroughness with which he conducted his research.