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Joan Peterson, Peterson
January 31, 1929 ~ April 17, 2012 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Dr. Joan Peterson of Dedham, formerly of Chestnut Hill, died peacefully, following a prolonged illness on Tuesday, April 17,2012 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was 83 years old. Born in Medford, MA, she was the daughter of the late Harold A. and Edith Alma (Trahey) Peterson Dr. Peterson lived an admirable life enriched by her dedication to the valuable work she performed as a medical doctor. Dr. Peterson holds associate's and bachelor's degrees in Medical Technology from Colby Junior College and went on to earn a second Bachelor of Science from Tufts University in 1953. She continued her studies and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree, cum laude, from Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1958. Following her years of study, Dr. Peterson enjoyed a distinguished 30year career as an anesthesiologist. She established a professional anesthesia association with Dr. Rita Sacks at Milton Hospital in Milton, MA. Joan also served as a district representative on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists. In May 2010, Dr. Peterson received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Colby- Sawyer College for her on going contribution to her profession and to society. She was a loyal and committed supporter of woman in the field of medicine. She is survived by her loving partner Karen Drescher and close family members. Joan Peterson's friends are invited to attend a small ceremony in the Garden of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1671 Beacon St in Newton on Tuesday, April 24th at 2 PM. . In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Hebrew Senior Life Library Fund,1200 Centre St. Boston, MA 02131or to Colby-Sawyer College Fund 541 Main Street, New London, NH 03257 or to Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA