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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Roasted), Gravy
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I Know A Few People Who Are Living As Well As We Are, But Nobody Is Living Better.

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1932
Birth Location:
Hartford, Connecticut

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Roasted), Gravy
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I Know A Few People Who Are Living As Well As We Are, But Nobody Is Living Better.

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1932
Birth Location:
Hartford
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Biography

Gerard M. Peterson was born on September 10, 1932, in Hartford, Connecticut; he was the second of five children born to Edythe and Rufus Peterson. Peterson attended Hartford public schools, and graduated from Bulkeley High School. From there, Peterson received a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Connecticut.

With Aetna Life and Casualty, Peterson’s first position was administrator of Aetna’s Corporate Insurance Division as an assistant secretary at the corporate level, directing sales for field office group insurance representatives. Active in Aetna’s commitment to corporate involvement, Peterson was a loaned executive to non-profit organizations. From 1965 to1966, Peterson then was manager of Plans for Progress, one of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs. Between 1969 and 1970, Peterson was again on loan as the executive vice-president of the National Alliance of Business, which was created to find jobs for the unemployed. In July 1970, Peterson left Aetna to become assistant dean in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in California, where he served for three years.

Peterson returned to Aetna in 1973 to become the marketing director of Aetna Public health Management’s Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). From 1975 to 1983, Peterson, as Aetna’s Marketing Manager, directed sales representatives and managed national advertising and marketing services. Peterson completed his distinguished twenty-three year career with Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1983.

After leaving Aetna, Peterson served as executive director and CEO of the Hartford Civic Center; this multi-purpose facility had a convention venue and one of the largest arenas in New England. During his tenure at the Hartford Civic Center, 18.5 million customers visited the Center while contributing a surplus exceeding $11,000,000 to the City of Hartford. The Hartford Civic Center received the 1986 Arena of the Year Award from Performance Magazine while Peterson himself was recognized as Facility Manager of the Year for major convention centers.

Peterson’s contributions to national, regional and local organizations included being director of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, a council member in the town of Bloomfield, Connecticut, and serving on committees of the United States Golf Association (USGA).

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gerard Peterson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gerard Peterson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gerard Peterson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gerard Peterson describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gerard Peterson describes his maternal grandparents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gerard Peterson describes his maternal grandparents' move to Connecticut
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gerard Peterson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gerard Peterson describes New England's demographics during World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gerard Peterson describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gerard Peterson describes his paternal grandmother's occupation and personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gerard Peterson describes his childhood neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gerard Peterson recalls his family's holiday celebrations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gerard Peterson describes his parents and siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gerard Peterson describes his parents and siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gerard Peterson describes his sister's nursing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gerard Peterson describes his father's move to Martha's Vineyard
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gerard Peterson recalls playing sports and working odd jobs with his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gerard Peterson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gerard Peterson describes attending Hartford's Dr. James H. Naylor Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gerard Peterson recalls Alfred E. Burr Junior High School in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gerard Peterson describes his dreams and aspirations in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gerard Peterson recalls Hartford's Morgan Gardner Bulkeley High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gerard Peterson recalls the difficulties of attending a predominately white school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gerard Peterson describes his decision to attend the University of Connecticut in Storrs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gerard Peterson describes caddying at Wethersfield Country Club
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gerard Peterson describes his time in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gerard Peterson remembers playing golf in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Gerard Peterson describes returning the University of Connecticut in Storrs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gerard Peterson describes his activities at the University of Connecticut in Storrs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gerard Peterson describes his wife and sons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gerard Peterson recalls working as a computer programmer at Aetna Life and Casualty Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gerard Peterson recalls his position at the Plans for Progress program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gerard Peterson recalls working in Washington, D.C. during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gerard Peterson describes his motivational work for the Plans for Progress program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gerard Peterson recalls becoming assistant dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gerard Peterson recalls his work as assistant dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gerard Peterson recalls notable people at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gerard Peterson describes Stanford Golf Course
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gerard Peterson describes how Stanford Graduate School of Business influenced his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gerard Peterson describes his return to Aetna Life and Casualty Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gerard Peterson recalls becoming executive director at the Hartford Civic Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gerard Peterson describes his role at the Hartford Civic Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gerard Peterson recalls working as a project manager for Johnson Controls
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gerard Peterson recalls the racial discrimination he faced playing golf
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Gerard Peterson describes the impact of golf on his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Gerard Peterson describes his affiliations with golf organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Gerard Peterson describes the state of golf in Hartford, Connecticut in the early 1900s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Gerard Peterson describes his golf affiliations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Gerard Peterson recalls meeting Earl Woods and Tiger Woods
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Gerard Peterson describes teaching golf at the senior center on Martha's Vineyard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Gerard Peterson shares his advice for young golfers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Gerard Peterson describes his involvement in nonprofit organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Gerard Peterson recalls coaching midget football, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Gerard Peterson recalls coaching midget football, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Gerard Peterson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Gerard Peterson speculates about his future plans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Gerard Peterson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Gerard Peterson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Gerard Peterson narrates his photographs