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Chase N. Peterson

Chase Nebeker Peterson[1] (December 27, 1929 – September 14, 2014) was the president of the University of Utah from 1983 to 1991.

Chase N. Peterson
President of the
University of Utah
In office
Preceded by David P. Gardner
Succeeded by Arthur K. Smith
Personal details
Born (1929-12-27)December 27, 1929
Logan, Utah
Died September 14, 2014(2014-09-14) (aged 84)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Alma mater Harvard University


Peterson was born in Logan, Utah where his father, E. G. Peterson was the president of what is now Utah State University. Peterson received both his bachelor's degree and MD from Harvard University. He then began a private medical practice in Salt Lake City but was later prevailed upon to return to Harvard to take up the post of Dean of Admissions. While dean of Admissions, Peterson chose to not go the route of quotas, instead choosing to hire an African-American to be part of the admissions staff, to use African-Americans in recruiting and in other ways try to affirm the university's support and inclusion of African-Americans without actual quotas.

Peterson married Ann Greta Ballif, who after her marriage was normally referred to as Grethe Ballif Peterson. Grethe was a graduate of Brigham Young University who did graduate studies at Radcliffe College, Southern Connecticut State College and the University of Utah.[2]

While at Harvard, Peterson served as a bishop of the University Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He later was a vice president at Harvard, and then in 1978 became the vice president for Health Services at the University of Utah. In 1983 he became president of the University of Utah.

In 2006 Peterson received the Harvard Alumni Association medal.

Peterson died of pneumonia on September 14, 2014.[3]


  1. ^ Middle name from Marriott Library entry. "Inaugural convocation, November 18, 1983, Chase Nebeker Peterson, eleventh president, University of Utah". J. Willard Marriott Library & S.J. Quinney Law Library catalogs. University of Utah. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  2. ^ [BY High Alumni bio of Grethe Peterson]
  3. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (September 14, 2014). "Former University of Utah President Chase Peterson dies". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 


Academic offices
Preceded by
David P. Gardner
President of the University of Utah
1983 – 1991
Succeeded by
Arthur K. Smith