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Saying Goodbye to a Friend

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Richard A. “Pete” Peterson, professor of sociology, emeritus, died this spring in Nashville. Peterson, 77, was one of the first professors to research country music from a sociological perspective and was also the founding chair of the American Sociological Association’s culture section. His impact on undergraduate and graduate students alike is still felt in the College of Arts and Science and in the field of sociology. Peterson’s recent work with Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer Lena (above) on “Classification as Culture: Types and Trajectories of Music Genres,” was featured in the fall 2009 issue of Arts and Science.

photo credit: John Russell

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