In Memory

Douglas E. Peterson

Douglas Peterson

Douglas Eugene Peterson, M.D., 69, formerly of Moline, died Feb. 26, 2017, in Salem, Ore.

Private family services have been held. Trimble Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family.

Doug was born Sept. 23, 1947, in Moline, to Barbara (Fry) Peterson and Eugene "Pete" Peterson, D.D.S. He attended Logan Elementary and Coolidge Junior High School and swam for Moline High School. He participated in the Moline Boys Choir, was a member of First Congregational Church and was an avid astronomer and guitarist. Doug was student body president at Cornell College and entered medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico. He transferred two years later to Rush Medical in Chicago, where he graduated with a medical degree in 1979. He began residency training at Harbor General Hospital UCLA Family Medicine in Torrance, Calif., and upon passing the medical boards in 1983, entered private practice in Inglewood. Concurrently, he served as a volunteer faculty member at Harbor General, becoming a full-time faculty member in 1985, participating fully in teaching residents, students and nurses.

Dr. Peterson played a major role in preserving the family medicine program at Harbor. Subsequently he joined the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., where after a time he was appointed Chief Medical Officer.

Following his service with the State Department, he spent several months in Jamaica, where he developed a primary care clinic, in which he also practiced. He occasionally enjoyed the company of William A. Hewitt, the U.S. ambassador to Jamaica, also of Moline, and former chairman of Deere & Co. He returned to the U.S. and founded a family medical practice in Inverness, Fla. In 2010, he moved from Florida to Oregon and joined the Oregon Health and Sciences University to practice in their family medicine program. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Peterson was employed as a family physician by the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sandee and Jim Couch, Palm Desert, Calif.; and his nieces, Jamee and Geena, California, and their four children.

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03/02/17 11:11 AM #1    

Howard E. Westerdahl

I remember Doug with very good memories. He was always kind and friendly to me and others. I will miss him. Rest in peace, Doug.

03/02/17 04:52 PM #2    

Sarah Rosborough (Bancroft)

Doug was one of the dearest guys I knew. His caring & kindness was exceptional. And funny. We had great times. I am deeply saddened to hear he has passed. Rest in peace, Doug.

03/02/17 07:49 PM #3    

Sue Harper (Armour)

So sorry to hear about Doug. Rest in peace, kind soul. 

03/03/17 09:47 AM #4    

Marg Rosborough (Duer)

Blesssings to Doug.  Thank you, Scott, for letting us know.  We feel the loss of a classmate especially poignant when our friendships stem from kindergarten.


03/04/17 01:39 PM #5    

Stephanie Sundine

Doug and I dated for awhile during our senior year. I have very happy memories of that time. I loved his gentleness and sense of humor. I can't believe he's gone - I'm so sorry for him and his sister. Warm thoughts go with him...

03/04/17 05:26 PM #6    

Cheryl Anderson (Lehew)

I'm so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. I remember him as fun loving and gentle too. 

03/05/17 09:37 AM #7    

James Black

Doug and I hung out together some from Logan thru junior high. What I remember is that his dad was our family dentist and that Doug was a member of the Moline Boys Choir - blessed with a great singing voice. He was always swimming at the YMCA and by high school was quite a good swimmer. I don't remember him ever playing any other sports with us, no basketball, baseball or football, so we kind of drifted apart. Doug was definitely one of the good guys at MHS.

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