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).