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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"

Bubba Chewning b5650f On Aug 24 2022 at 1pm
I played baseball with Robert and caught him in high school and Dekalb college. If I put 2 fingers down for a curve ball, it broke sharp and he knew where it was going. Wonderful team mate and like me he was always smiling. God bless his soul and I feel lucky to have known him. Reply to this comment
Pati Chambers On Aug 24 2022 at 1pm
Robert, you were the first administrator I worked with when I moved to Georgia in 1986.I always admired your kind approach to the students and staff alike. You brought such knowledge to those of us lucky enough to cross your path. My prayers go out to your beautiful family. My wish for Mary, the children, and grandchildren is that precious memories help to carry you through this very difficult time. I’m sending love to you all. Reply to this comment
widney hawthorne On Aug 24 2022 at 1pm
What a wonderful man, a true gentleman! Robert was an example to all in his loving actions as Husband, Father, Community Leader and Friend. His light and many contributions will live on always. It is with heartfelt sympathy to hear of his passing. May God bless and keep you. Reply to this comment
Pete Lyons On Aug 24 2022 at 1pm
I had only a brief time to know Robert as his Coach at Columbia High School. What a pleasure and honor it was to be able to work with him and his teammates. He was not only a great pitcher and team leader but more importantly a great person. He’ll be missed. Reply to this comment
Pam Williams On Aug 23 2022 at 5pm
Dr. Peterson, Thank you for modeling Leadership, Friendship, and Humanness. I am forever grateful for your mentorship, leadership lessons, writing lessons, and the amount of time you pour into people. You are the best Principal I ever had! I love you and will miss you dearly. Reply to this comment
Vic & Betty Bute On Aug 23 2022 at 4pm
Robert, you were a truly amazing brother-in-law and admired by many. You were a solid rock to the family. We could always look to you for guidance whether landscape question or educational guidance. And best of all…you were such an amazing cook on the grill! You will truly be missed by all but you have left such everlasting memories on us all that your presence will always remain in our hearts forever. With love always…Vic and Betty Reply to this comment
Ann Follett On Aug 23 2022 at 4pm
What an amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend, and human being he was! An incredible educator that touched so many lives! Robert, you will be missed. You are so loved. God has welcomed you with open arms! Reply to this comment
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