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Ward Peterson Jr. ’47

Ward, a pioneer virologist who worked with the Salk polio and other vaccine trials, died April 6, 2020. 

A Navy veteran of World War II, Ward finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan then earned a virology doctorate from UM’s School of Public Health. He spent 30 years at the Cell Culture Laboratory of the Child Research Center, and he was very involved in his own children’s participation in sports, including building a backyard skating rink for his kids and neighbors to enjoy.

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