Robert Cazelles Peterson

Robert Peterson

Robert Cazelles Peterson, 94, passed away on February 5, 2020 at University Place.  He was the widower of Audrey Norling Peterson.  They shared 65 years of marriage together.

Born in Brooklyn NY, he was the son of Edmund Peterson and Marguerite Peterson.  After serving in the army at the end of World War II, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated in 1949.  He worked in several industries throughout his career but spent most of it in Oil and Gas.  Bob and Audrey took the family to Iran in 1961 where he worked for the international consortium of Iranian Oil Operating Companies for 17 years.  While there, they lived in the cities of Abadan, Tehran and Ahwaz.  In 1978, they returned to the US and he joined Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, OK, and transferred to Houston in 1982.  He retired from Phillips Petroleum in 1986.

Bob was a true renaissance man.  He was fluent in English, French and Farsi, and enjoyed extensive global travel with his wife and family for many decades.  He was an excellent cellist, organizing and playing in chamber groups in Iran and US throughout his life.   He passed on his love of skiing, golf and tennis to his children.  He was a gifted painter, having organized oil painting lessons to start in Iran, and pursuing that and other painting media avidly thereafter. His diaspora of wonderful paintings distributed through friends, family, sales and commissions have created a legacy for which he will long be remembered.  Bob was the epitome of a gentleman, a loving family man, and had a keen ear for hearing and telling a good joke.

He is survived by his sons Jeff and Andy (Diane) and his daughter Annette (Pete), his grandchildren Josh, Laura, Craig, Jason, and John, and one great-granddaughter Chloe.

A memorial service was held on February 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. at University Place.