Dr. Peterson passed away on January 14, 2014 at the age of 77.
Raymond Peterson was born in Denver, Colorado on February 12, 1936 to Kermit and Iola Merle. Prior to his retirement, Ray was an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture. His main research interests were in the relationship between physiological traits and production traits of dairy cattle, specifically the relationship between blood urea, glucose, and cholesterol with gross phenotypic traits. Analyses of the variability between morning and evening milking in dairy cattle, together with studies on milk composition, were are also conducted.
Dr Peterson participated in a North China Pasture and Livestock Project located in Heilongjiang Province and sponsored by the World Bank. Activities included evaluating the husbandry practices used with dairy cattle and providing information and direction for improved breeding and management of two large state herds. He also attended the FAO Technical Committee on Animal Breeding Projects in The Hague in 1984. He served as Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Canadian Milk Recording Board and as a member of the Canadian Expert Committee on Animal Breeding and Reproduction. He also served as a member of the Review Committee of the Agriculture Canada Research Branch Dairy Program and as Chairman of the Canadian/New Zealand Genotype-Environmental Interaction Trial.
Dr Peterson continued his work on genetic evaluation of longevity in dairy cattle and on identification of a genetic marker to assess genetic merit in dairy cattle. Later he extended his interests to the genetics and breeding of pacific salmon.
Ray will be dearly missed by Christa, his loving wife of 54 years; his three children, Barbara (Michel Dubreuil), Michael (Mary Kletchko) and James (Ryoko Tanuma); and his four grandchildren Gabriel, Sasha, Emika, and Kai. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held for family and friends in Vancouver at Brock House on Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 AM. Ray’s memorial page can be viewed at www.amherstcremation.com/memorials/peterson.html.
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With files from the Vancouver Sun obituaries and Faculty of Land and Food Systems archives.