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Facts about Eileen Peterson's life

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Jul. 30th, 2008 | 01:47 pm
posted by: heather_dusk in eileenpeterson

I've posted only the bare-bones facts of her life below. I'm hoping that folks here can help me reconstruct my mother's activities, organizational memberships, titles, and dates.


1937, April 23: Born in Rochester, N.Y., to Ronald Earle Lester and Josephine Cristantiello Lester.

1955: Graduated from Lynwood Academy, a high school in Los Angeles.

1961, June 4: Graduated from Walla Walla College in Washington (now Walla Walla University) with a B.A. in English.

2008, July 21, 10:04 a.m.: Died in Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland, from complications following back surgery.


1961 onwards: Homemaker.

Circa 1962: Worked in the public relations department of Andrews University in Michigan and as a proofreader for the Andrews University Press.

Circa 1964: Placed in charge of a scholarly research segment of the Herman Melville edition published by Northwestern University Press and Chicago's Newberry Library.

1975-1981: Co-managed the Cottage Press, a home-based typesetting-and-design business. During this time, she typeset books for Oxford University Press, University of California Press, the Browning Institute, and other publishers.

Circa 1985-1987: Office clerk, Registrations and Records, University College, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Circa 1991-1993: Administrative assistant, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Worked at two successive day cares at 1 Lakecrest Circle, Greenbelt.


(All organizations are or were in Greenbelt.)

Arts Advisory Board.

Friends of the Greenbelt Library.

Friends of the Old Greenbelt Theatre.

Friends of the New Deal Cafe Arts.

Greenbelt Arts Center (charter member).

Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts.

Greenbelt Foundation for the Arts.

Greenbelt Library Bookstore (co-manager).

Greenbelt News Review (staff writer).


(All events are or were in Greenbelt.)

Arts Festival (founder).

OTHER VOLUNTEER WORK (according to her records)

Election judge, precinct captain, voter registration worker, and volunteer chair for political candidates.

PTA President, Center Elementary School in Greenbelt and John Carroll Elementary School in Landover.

Church school teacher.


Pioneer Memorial Church (Seventh-day Adventist), Berrien Springs, Michigan.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church (now St. Luke's Parish), Bladensburg, Maryland.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, New Carrollton, Maryland.

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, College Park, Maryland.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, K Street, Washington, D.C.


Rochester, New York.

Los Angeles (Hollywood).

1957-1961: Washington State.

1961-1962: Madison, Wisconsin.

1962-1964: Berrien Springs, Michigan.

1964-1966: Chicago.

1966-1971: 165 Elizabeth Drive, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Circa 1971-1973: 223 Lakeside Drive, Apt. T-3, Greenbelt, Maryland.

Circa 1973-1975: 8006 Lakecrest Drive, Greenbelt.

Circa 1975-1995: 9 Maplewood Court, Greenbelt.

1995-2008: 28 Crescent Road, Apt. B, Greenbelt.

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Eileen will be missed

from: beckerthome
date: Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)

We will miss Eileen. We first met Eileen over 13 years ago when she worked at the Greenbelt Video Store. She was so friendly and helpful. She always had a smile and an upbeat attitude. Now that is how to live life!

Very Truly,

Erv, Laura, Clara and Maria Beckert
Greenbelt, Maryland

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Re: Eileen will be missed

from: heather_dusk
date: Nov. 1st, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)

A belated thank you for stopping by to post this. I saw it just as I was rushing around to get the memorial service events ready, and it cheered me.

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