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Plaque Honors Late UW-RF Professor

MARCH 24, 2006-- A reception and plaque dedication will be held on April 7 from 5 to 6:00 p.m. to honor the memory of the late Edward Peterson, a history professor at the UW-River Falls. The event will take place in the Alumni Room of South Hall.

Starting his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1954, Peterson was the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2004 Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor for teaching given by the university.

Peterson taught a wide variety of courses, including sociology, economics and political science, but is most remembered for his outstanding love of history, and served as the chair of the History Department from 1963 to 1991.

A veteran of WWII, Peterson met his wife, Ursula, when he was stationed in Germany in 1945. After finishing his tour of duty, Peterson returned to complete his education, finishing with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1953.

Peterson was also a prolific author, writing several books, scholarly papers, and journal articles. He appeared in many of the university's theater productions, and received numerous grants to continue historical research while teaching.

A plaque honoring Peterson will be unveiled at the ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the History and Philosophy Department at 715-425-3164.


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