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David A. Peterson dies at 75; directed USC school of gerontology
David A. Peterson dies at 75; directed USC school of gerontology

David A. Peterson, a pioneer in the field of gerontology education and a longtime professor and director of USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, has died. He was 75. Peterson died Oct. 4 of advanced Parkinson's disease at a nursing facility in Alhambra where he had lived in recent years as his illness progressed, said his wife, Ellen. An expert on adult education and learning throughout the life span, Peterson served as director of the gerontology school from 1978 to 2003. As the administrator responsible for the school's instructional programs, he guided development of its degree programs, including its doctorate in gerontology, the nation's first. Nationally,...

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