In memoriam: Theodore Peters, Jr., clinical chemist

Theodore Peters, Jr.

Theodore Peters, Jr., died at his home in Cooperstown, NY, on March 19. He was 97. Peters was a research biochemist at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital and was best known for his life’s work on the structure and function of serum albumin. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served in the Navy during World War II, and ultimately earned a doctorate in biological chemistry from Harvard University. He later held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Harvard Medical School, interrupted by another two years of naval service during the Korean War. Peters was a longtime member of ASCB, and upon retirement became an emeritis member. He also was deeply involved with the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, serving as president in 1988. Peters served as chairman of the Food and Drug Administration Clinical Chemistry Classification Panel and on other panels with the National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards and Technology) and the Committee on Blood Fractionation. A more detailed obituary may be found at

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This post was collaboratively written by several ASCB staff members.