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Robert David Peterson

July 29, 1955 – August 20, 2022

Robert David Peterson was born at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, to Raymond and Catalina Peterson. He transitioned to eternal life at his home in Braselton, Georgia, after a brave battle with cancer.

Robert grew up in many different states, due to his father’s service in the United States Air Force, and he spent significant time in both Georgia and Texas. At Columbia High School, he pursued his love of baseball. A baseball scholarship afforded him the opportunity to attend Dekalb Junior College. He then transferred to the University of Texas where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. Before returning to his Alma Mater to accomplish his Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, he obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University.

Robert put his studies to good use throughout his successful and impactful career in education. He served as an elementary school teacher, an assistant principal, and the principal at Norton Elementary School for Gwinnett County Public Schools. After retiring as principal, he returned to teaching children, worked as a college professor, and mentored teachers and principals. He devoted 41 years of his life to joyfully educating others.

Robert was a lifelong Christian and a dedicated member of his local parishes, St. John Neuman Catholic Church and Prince of Peace Catholic Church.  He was an educator, mentor to many, and coach to his son’s and grandson’s baseball teams. Importantly, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, and cousin. He was passionate about lifelong learning, wildlife conservation, carpentry, and yard work. In everything he did, he loved well with patience and gentility. He always led by example. 

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Mary, daughters Tyler Perkerson (Billy) and McKinley Erickson (David), son Taylor Peterson, sister Patricia Hester (Steve), and stepmother Wanda Peterson. PopPop is survived by his grandchildren, Avery Perkerson, Logan Perkerson, Brinley Erickson, and Blakely Erickson.

On Friday, August 26th, there will be a Catholic Funeral Mass to honor Robert at Prince of Peace Catholic Church at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow where his family will greet friends and loved ones. All are welcome.

6439 Spouts Springs Road, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choosing. Some of Robert’s favorites include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the American Red Cross.

17 Comments To "Robert Peterson"

Anthony Williams On Sep 07 2022 at 1pm
Dr. Peterson understood and modeled transformational leadership, shared governance, and social- emotional learning for all. His legacy of service will last for generations. Reply to this comment
Lyndsey Klempay On Aug 28 2022 at 5pm
I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Peterson as a professor and a coworker. In all he did, with adult students and elementary school children, he showed the love of Christ. His patience, peace, kindness, and gentleness were the perfect example of how to live and impact others through your faith. I often bring him up to my current coworkers when I speak of leading your life through your faith. My prayers are with Dr. Peterson's family in the earthly loss of such a great man. Reply to this comment
Mary Tharp On Aug 27 2022 at 8am
I worked with Robert briefly at Bethesda. He was my favorite coworker in all my years. We would always chat about kids , their progress & potential. I always hoped our paths would cross again. My thoughts & prayers go to his family & friends. Reply to this comment
Steve Bonnell On Aug 26 2022 at 8am
I met Robert through his Laredo family in late 1960s. I have too many wonderful memories of Robert to list.He was every one friend. We will miss you Buddy. Reply to this comment
Sheila V Smith On Aug 25 2022 at 6pm
Dr. Peterson, Thank you for your guidance and leadership throughout my educational years. I always appreciated how you encouraged and motivated the faculty and staff at Norton. You will be missed. Reply to this comment
Virginia Howell On Aug 25 2022 at 6pm
I first knew Robert when we both taught at Head Elementary. He was an outstanding teacher. I then knew him thru Mary after they married. Finely, He was the principal at Norton when I taught there part time after I retired. Robert was an outstanding principal. His leadership skills were excellent. When I asked him about Mary and his family, he would always have a huge smile. He loved and cherished his family. I know your hearts are broken right now and there is an emptiness in your life that no one else can fill. Hold him in your heart and know that one day you will be United in Heaven. Mary and family, you are in my prayers. Reply to this comment
Memo Sanchez On Aug 25 2022 at 6pm
Although Robert was our cousin he was more like a brother to us. Our lives will never be as joyful as they were when he was on this earth with us. The most enjoyable time of the year for me and my brothers was when he would fly down the day after Christmas and spend the week with us at our ranch. He was a very passionate hunter and was an amazing carpenter and woodworker and enjoyed taking the lead in many projects and improvements at the ranch. His constant smile and his loving and easy going demeanor will be missed profoundly. We love you with all of our hearts Robert and we’ll see you again in our next life. Reply to this comment
Stan Shelton On Aug 25 2022 at 2pm
One the most caring, decent, honest and supportive person I’ve ever known…. Reply to this comment
Becca Allum Menchaca On Aug 24 2022 at 4pm
Dr. Peterson was my principal when I was in elementary school, and I had the pleasure of working with him as a colleague my first year of teaching at Winn Holt Elementary. Dr. Peterson made such a lasting impact on my life as both a student and educator. He will be greatly missed. Reply to this comment
Carol Blissitt On Aug 24 2022 at 1pm
I had the pleasure of working for Robert at Norton Elementary School. Not only was he a friend and mentor to me, but he was also a friend to my family. He was so supportive when my parents died within 8 weeks of each other. He made sure that I was taken care of emotionally. He was always there to lend an ear and comfort when we went through personal struggles. I loved his wisdom, intellect, and sense of humor. When I was ready to retire, I decided to stay one more year in the classroom because Robert asked me to. Heaven gained a sweet soul this week. He was met at the gates of his heavenly home with the words, "Well done My faithful servant." This is not goodby. This is just, "Until we meet again." Reply to this comment
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