Margaret C. Peters
Margaret Campbell Peters, 88, passed away at her home on River Street under Hospice Care on March 3, 2013, after a long battle with lung disease.
She was born on June 17, 1924, in Chambersburg, Pa., during the period when her father, James O. Campbell, was state Assistant Attorney General in Harrisburg. After two years in Harrisburg, her family moved to Butler, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, where her father was elected Judge of Butler County. Sadly, her father died at the age of 51, while Margaret was only 6 years old.
Margaret Campbell graduated from Butler High School in 1941, and was active in music including Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. From 1941 to graduation in 1945, she went to Wilson College, a liberal arts woman’s college in Chambersburg. Here she sang in the choir and was captain of the swimming team.
In her first fall at Wilson, she met a local boy, Theodore Peters Jr., whose family had been friends of her mother, Helen M. Campbell. In fact, the two mothers had roomed together at Wilson College.
After numerous trips to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., where Ted Peters was a chemical engineering major, the two became engaged in 1943, and were married June 9, 1945, in Butler. It was a marriage that lasted over 67 years ending only with her death.
Peters was at that time a Navy radar and electronics officer, selected for the submarine service. The young couple lived first in New London, Conn., where he graduated at the top of a class of 100 officers at Submarine School, so was able to choose his assignment. This took them to San Diego, Calif., where they lived for 1 ½ years.
They loved California and traveled to many of its sites such as San Francisco, Sequoia Park and Yosemite Valley.
Upon release from active duty in 1947, they drove East through California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and South Dakota visiting historic places.
During three years in which Peters earned a Ph.D. from Harvard in Biological Chemistry, Margaret gave birth to their first two sons, Theodore Downey Peters and James Campbell Peters.
This was followed by her husband’s appointment as Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. As a Navy Lieutenant, Peters was recalled to duty with the Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, for the Korean War in 1951, and the family moved to Gales Ferry, Conn., near New London.
Upon release from active duty in 1953, Peters joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the family lived in Wellesley, Mass. Daughter, Melissa Jean Peters was born there in May 1955. Three months later the family moved to Cooperstown, where Peters has held the position of Research Biochemist for 33 years and then Research Scientist emeritus at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital until the present. Son, William Lewis Peters was born in that hospital in 1955.
Margaret Peters loved to travel. The couple was fortunate enough to visit all 50 of the U.S. states and to live in Denmark and Western Australia on sabbaticals. They have traveled around the world and visited 23 countries. Twice they camped their way across our country. For activities, she loved playing tennis, music and reading.
Son, Theodore is now an assistant professor at Hartwick College; James (wife Robin) is Chief of Radiology at Bassett Healthcare; Melissa (husband Tom Barry) resides in Cooperstown and is an insurance agent; William (wife Trina) is Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank in Towson, Md.
Her survivors include her husband; her four children; seven grandchildren, Laura and Julie Peters, Carolyn Peters Kinzel, Heather, Timothy and Brenda Barry, and Michael Peters; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Chloe and James Kinzel; and cousins, Helen Elizabeth Suehle, Rachel Cousins and Margo McClellan.
“She walks in beauty like the night ...” (Byron).
Throughout her life, Margaret was blessed with a natural beauty, which together with her quick mind made her many friends in many places. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends for fine dinners. She loved her four children and they have always remained close to her.
The family will hold a memorial service later in the spring.
Mrs. Peters has donated her body to medical research and her ashes will be buried later in Lakewood Cemetery together with those of her husband.
Persons desiring to make a contribution in lieu of flowers, are asked to donate to Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, (www.cahpc.org).