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DPetersonDoris Peterson

Born in Benson, Ill. Began collegiate education at Southwestern College in Kansas. Transferred to and received B.S. degree in physical education in 1928 from Northwestern University. Did postgraduate work in physical education at the University of Colorado and later at the Teachers College of Columbia University, where she received an M.A. degree in 1938 in health and physical education.

Began her teaching career in 1928 in health and physical education at the Senior High School of Muskogee, Okla. One year later accepted the position of supervisor of health and physical education for the Public School District of Wellington, Kan.

Served in two additional positions in health and physical education in Kansas and Texas from 1935 to 1943 before accepting the position of head of the department of Health and Physical Education at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

In 1954, was hired by former Baker Dean Benjamin A. Gessner as assistant professor of physical education. Remained a member of the faculty and directed programs in health and woman’s athletics for the next 20 years. Was recognized for having greatly improved the University’s athletic offerings in swimming, rhythmics, body mechanics, recreational activities and dance. Designed, organized and sponsored all activities of the Woman’s Athletic Association (W.A.A) at a time prior to intercollegiate competition for women's athletics at Baker.

Spent many summers involved in church related activities and educational circles, conducting workshops in and experimenting with interpretation through movement with special emphasis on the use of religious music and the scriptures. In 1970, authored a book, “Worship With Words and Movement.”

Additionally served the Wesleyan Service Guild in positions of leadership in North Carolina and Kansas. Served as chairman of the sub-committee on folk songs and dances for the National Commission on Inter-American Understanding and as president of the North Carolina Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Retired from teaching at Baker in the spring of 1973. Designated as Professor Emeritus of Physical Education. The former dance studio in Memorial Hall (Mabee Hall) was dedicated in her honor in 1973.

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