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Richard Oscar Peterson

Died: 2019-12-12
Resided in: Virginia Beach
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Richard Oscar Peterson, 91, died on December 12, 2019. He was born May 29, 1928 and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. He then made his way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he received a PhD in psychology. While at Carnegie Tech, he met Anita Rose Harkin and they were married in 1950. Richard and Anita were dedicated to their children, Scott Kevin and Lyn Karen, who they raised in Pittsburgh and then in New Jersey. Richard worked as an industrial psychologist for AT&T for many years.

After retiring, they moved to Virginia Beach in 1983 where he enjoyed visits from his three granddaughters. Ever industrious and busy, in his retirement Richard volunteered for the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment. Richard enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life including writing, singing, participating in and attending theater, playing piano, assembling elaborate jigsaw puzzles, and various arts and crafts. He had a witty sense of humor which manifested in his writing including a “play within a play within a play” he wrote for his granddaughters featuring Peter and the Wolf and a poem titled "The Cells", a parody of the Edgar Allan Poe poem The Bells, about the incessant intrusion of cell phones in modern life.

In 2017, he and Anita (who died in 2018) joined his son, daughter-in-law, three granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren in Andover, Massachusetts.

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