WESTPORT, Conn. – Robert Edwin Peterson formerly of Westport died Dec. 6. He was 95.
A 37-year Westport resident, Peterson was a member of Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Patterson Club, and the Y's Men of Westport Weston.
Born in Harvey, N.D., Peterson received an electrical engineering degree from North Dakota State University in 1942. He served as a naval electronics officer during World War II. He retired from the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander in 1955.
Peterson attended graduate programs at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. He served as director of commercial and industrial patent licensing for RCA Corp. in New York City until his retirement in 1987.
He was awarded five patents for his inventions in the fields of electronics and light sources. After retirement, he founded Altherin Associates, a patent licensing consulting firm and later became vice president of licensing for the Patent Enforcement Fund.
Peterson also held a private pilot’s license and belonged to Sigma Phi Delta fraternity, Alpha Beta Tau honorary society and the Licensing Executive Society of America.
In May 2011, he was selected to participate in the World War II Veterans Flight of Honor in Washington, D.C.
After moving to Cary, N.C, in 2002, he joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Prestonwood Country Club. He relocated to The Cedars in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2006.
He enjoyed playing billiards with his friends in The Cedars, water color and oil painting, acting, music appreciation, history and Sudoku.
His wife of more than 65 years, Norma MacKenney Peterson, predeceased him in November 2011.
He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Peterson (Reuel) Johnson, of Raleigh, N.C.; two sons, Robert E. (Carol) Peterson Jr., of Concord, Calif., and Roy A. (Billy McNeel) Peterson, of New Carrollton, Md.; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Burial took place at Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury, Mass. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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