Robert Burton Petersen

robert petersen

August 14, 1927 ~ February 7, 2009

Resided in: Redondo Beach, CA

Robert B. Petersen, an 81 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009 in his Redondo Beach home. He was born in Hermosa Beach and lived his entire life in Redondo Beach. Robert served in the Army Air Force during WWII and had a 40-year career as an auditor and administrator with the California State Board of Equalization. He was a well-known rail fan and a historian of the Pacific Electric Railway System, having written a book on it in the year 2000. He was a long time member of several railroading organizations and the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge since 1956. He is survived by his brother, Harry Petersen, of Redondo Beach as well as his nephew Richard (Carol) Petersen, and their son Kevin of Torrance, his great-niece Lynette Rice and great-nephew Jeff Petersen. Graveside services will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach at 11:00 A.M. Friday February 13, 2009.

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  1. Our condolences to the Family. We’re sure that Robert is finally on the Biggest and Best Train that Heaven can offer! May he rest in peace. Rose & Gary Larsen

  2. Mr. Petersen hired me in 1970 in the Inglewood office. He had only just been promoted to Principal Auditor and I was his first hire. We enjoyed a good relationship and he helped mentor me through my early career. Eventhough we have not spoken in many years I think of him or refer to his guidance often. I will retire this year and planned on communicating my thanks to him when I left. I am sorry this cannot now happen. My sympathy goes to the family.

  3. Mr. Peterson was a long-time member and supporter of our museum, and helped many of our projects reach fruition through his generous contributions. He also contributed to our newsletter and we’ll miss him and his keen interest in Southern California railway history. Our condolences to his family from his friends at the Orange Empire Railway Museum.

  4. Rick, you are such a good nephew. Your uncle was lucky to have someone who cared so much about him and took care of him. We should all be so lucky! Our condolences, the Harrison family!

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