Yale University

In Memoriam

Lynn L. Peterson

Lynn Peterson died on April 22, 2013. Below are two remembrances:


Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

June 23, 2013

Lynn Peterson
1964 graduation

Peterson, Lynn L. age 70, passed away on April 22, 2013.

Lynn had a passion for music, arts, history, business, and a love of the outdoors — particularly the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Lynn went to Minnetonka High School, was an Eagle Scout, Merit Scholar, and an AFS student studying in Norway.

Lynn graduated from Yale University and went on to Stanford University to receive an MBA. He served for 4 years as officer in the U.S. Navy.

Lynn was married, raised two children in Pebble Beach, CA, and managed a medical laboratory. The family regularly skied and camped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and had a close group of family friends that often got together for holidays and picnics known as "The Beach Group."

Lynn Peterson

In the summer of 1984, Lynn moved back to reside in St. Paul. Lynn's appreciation of music, arts and his morning pursuit of the perfect coffee are where many friends and acquaintances were made. He had uncanny knowledge of music history, religion, and world matters that were the foundation of many exhaustive conversations with friends and strangers over a cup of coffee.

He was preceded in death by his father Elvin L. Peterson in 2000. He is survived by his mother Nell Peterson of Bloomington. Lynn's son Mark and his wife Mia live in Carmel Valley, California with children Isabel and Jake. Lynn's daughter Sarah, and her husband Grailing, live in Pasadena, California with their daughter Marlo. His brother Joel (wife Pat) and their children Jill (husband Chad and son Lincoln) and Jane (husband Eric) all live in St. Paul.

Committal will be held at Ft. Snelling on June 25 at 10:45 a.m., Assembly Area 2, followed by a luncheon memorial service at The Cherokee Tavern in W. St. Paul at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance or the Point Lobos Foundation.

Remembrance by Rick Luis, Yale '67

June 25, 2013

Lynn was a friend and mentor to me since I was selected through the Star Tribune's Scholarship Program to spend a free summer at Camp Rising Sun in upstate New York.

I was 15 years old that season (1961), and shared the experience with 50 boys selected from around the world.

Lynn and Dave Swenson were the Minnesotans at "Camp" in 1958, and when I came home they helped me appreciate the transformative opportunity I had been given.

I was likewise three years behind Lynn at Yale, where he was a senior friend who helped a freshman appreciate all that great university had to offer.

We renewed our ties after Lynn returned to Minnesota in 1984, and he got active in Alumni affairs of Rising Sun and Yale, interests he maintained the rest of his life.

I will miss Lynn Peterson, his wide-ranging intellect and unique personality.
I am confident Lynn also will live on in the memories of the bright 15-year-old students who interviewed with him for summer scholarships at Camp Rising Sun.

Rick Luis, '67
Little Canada, Minnesota