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Bob PetersBob Peters

Bob graduated from Truman High School, Independence (MO) having lettered three years each in track and football. He earned all-conference and honorable mention all-area honors in football.

He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1966 and proceeded to letter all four years in track while throwing the shot put, discus and high jumping. He also lettered one year in football, but track and field was his true love. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, served as the sophomore class president and majored in Art. He won several dual track/field meets in the shot put and finished 2nd in the NAIA regional meet his senior year in that event. But, in his own words, he always felt his college results were lackluster.

It was not until 1997, when he was convinced by a former fraternity brother from Baker to enter the Sunflower Games and won medals in both the shot put and discus that he began to truly develop in the sport. From that year, all the way to 2011 when he discontinued competition, he was one of the nation’s premier senior division shot putters. During those years he became an eleven time, USATF, All-American shot putter. In total he won forty six state shot put championships, broke thirty five state and local meet records and one national meet record. In 2002, 2004 and 2008 he was ranked fifth in the United States and in 2008 he was ranked #8 in the world in this event. At one time he was ranked among the top ten senior shot putters in the nation for nine consecutive years.

Professionally, following graduation from Baker, he taught for two years before deciding to return to college at U.M.K.C. to study biology. This then led him to admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri where he earned the Upjohn Leadership Award and Scholarship. Following graduation, he established a veterinary practice in the Kansas City area. His career in this field has extended for a total of thirty five years, the last fifteen of which have been dedicated to a Spay/Neuter program throughout the Kansas City area. His innovative approach has now served as a model for several humane societies across the country. In 2003 his clinic received the Spay/Neuter Organization of the Year Award.

He is married to Debra and together they share the following children from previous marriages: Ashley Peters, Laney Abraham, Megan Peters, Melette Thomas and Shelly Johnson.

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