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In Memoriam

Penny Peterson, coordinator of Disabled Student Services' High Tech Center, passed away on June 13 following a stroke the previous day. She was 64.

“Penny Peterson was a trail-blazer in finding systems to meet the unique needs of students,” said Doug Robinson, Vice President for Student Services at CSULB. “She devoted nearly 20 years of her life at CSULB to improving the lives of students with disabilities, and many of these students were able to reach for their dreams as a result of doors she opened for them. Penny's unique blend of dedication and commitment will never be replaced. She will be greatly missed.”

Penny began working at the university in 1989 and during her tenure played an instrumental role with providing support with adaptive technology to students with disabilities.

"Penny Peterson was a pioneer in developing assistive technology for students with disabilities.  She helped established one of the first High Tech Centers in the CSU and one of the first at a four-year university in the country,” said Dave Sanfilippo, director of Disabled Student Services. “She will always be remembered as a fierce advocate for students with disabilities, always willing to go the 'extra mile' to help others. Needless to say she has left a big gap for us to fill."

Services were held June 19 at the Hillside Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park, but Disabled Student Services and the Office of the Vice President for Student Services will be hosting a Memorial Service for Penny on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Pointe in the Pyramid. There has also been a Scholarship Fund set up in honor of Peterson and checks can be made out to "Disabled Student Services" and sent to its office in Brotman Hall.

Penny Peterson
Photo courtesy of Disabled Student Services