Bruce Alan Peterson

Bruce Peterson


Dr. Bruce Alan Peterson died October 27, 2012 at his home in Redmond, Washington. He was born on March 14, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He was son of the late Edwin Charles Peterson, Jr, and Jean Slotten Peterson, andthe step-son of the late Elizabeth Reilly Peterson.

Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Master’s Degree in Theoretical Biology at SUNY in Buffalo, NY. He earned his PhD in Statistics from Oregon State University.Dr. Peterson’s career began at CH2MHILL (1982-1994) located in Bellevue, Washington performing statistical and data visualization in environmental clean-up. The Love Canal Project was one of many he was involved in.In 1994 he started his own company; TeraStat, Inc. TeraStat offers data visualization software and statistical analysis services. The company’s unique Visual Filter technology uses the power of 3D animation to provide new insights into dynamic data helping clients turn data into information. He was a member of the American Statistical Association.

Mr. Peterson is survived by a half- sister, Jean Ann Peterson of Mount Holly, NJ, a half-brother, Edwin Charles Peterson, III of Moorestown, NJ; a niece, Amy Elizabeth Peterson of Washington, D.C.; three nephews, Sean Phillip Peterson of San Diego, CA, Edwin Charles Peterson, IV of Moorestown, NJ, and Adam Matthew Garcia of Moorestown, NJ.; an aunt, Mrs. Martha Slotten of Carlisle, PA and many cousins around the globe.

Two half-siblings predeceased him, Roger Walton Peterson and Mary Kathryn Peterson.

Memorial services will be held 3PM – 6PM November 16th, 2012

Barton Family Funeral
14000 Aurora Ave. N
Seattle WA 98133
tel – (206) 420-187



“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman


7 Responses to “Bruce Alan Peterson”

  • Jean Peterson says:

    You made such an impact on the world. I will miss you terribly. I love you big brother.

  • Dave Maughan says:

    It was so sad to see Bruce’s ever present smile fading from the Parkinson’s during our last visit several years ago. He was the closest thing I had to a little brother. We will miss our visits.

    We will send a contribution to the Parkinson’s Foundation in his honor

  • Liz Luecker says:

    Bruce and I worked together for about 8 years at CH2M HILL. He had a great smile and was always willing to help out a rookie. I learned a lot from him. He was a great person and a wonderful co-worker.

  • Bill Zbitnoff says:

    Bruce was our next door neighbor for 23 years. We spent many hours distracted from our yard work talking about weather, apples, deer and anything else imaginable. It will never be the same without him there and it will always be Bruce’s yard and house.

  • Steve Millard says:

    I worked for Bruce at CH2M Hill back in the late 1980’s. He was a great boss and always very, very helpful and kind. He was also really smart, and we would talk about statistics and software a lot. We all will miss him!

  • Brenda Kurland says:

    Bruce was a valued colleague in the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Statsistical Association. He was a great mentor in my early professional life. We raised the profile of statistics (at least in Seattle) while Nate Silver was still an undergrad. He’ll be missed.

  • Scott Bartell says:

    Nearly 20 years ago Bruce gave a seminar at the University of Washington that remains influential on my thinking. My condolences to his family and friends.

Leave a Reply

Please be respectful. Disrespectful comments will not be published

When you have successfully submitted a comment, look in the space above to see your comment.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

If you do not see your comment, click HERE