Edward Peterson

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DOB: 1932 Location: Forest Hills, NY
DOD: 5/21/2009         Location: Los Angeles, CA




  • Princeton University, BA in American Civilization (1954)
  • Graduate studies, Yale University, School of Drama

Employment history:

  • U.S. Army Television Center, Korean War
  • National Sales Representative, Kliegl Bros Stage Lighting (1964-1975)
  • National Sales Representative, Berkey Colortran (1975-1976)
  • Partner, Peterson/Vine Associates,  (1976-2007) Editor’s note: P/V Assoc. was a full service licensed stage, equipment and installation contractor (rigging, lighting, audio, draperies, electro-mechanical stage equipment and controls, facility coordination — for theatrical, television, gaming industry: show rooms, lounges, and public areas, churches, and other illumination projects.)
  • Projects of note included: Las Vegas: Mirage (1500-seat cabaret-configured show room with 116’ wide proscenium with passerelle opened with Siegfried & Roy’s new act; Caesar’s Palace (day-to-night-to-day sky feature at The Forum was considered by Time Magazine to be one of Las Vegas’ most unique hightlights); Treasure Island, and The Bellagio
  • Lighting consultant, IBM tradeshow exhibits

USITT Involvement and Offices Held:

  • Founding member
  • Treasurer (1965-1966 & 1973)
  • 2nd Vice President (1967-1968)
  • Special Liaison, Board of Directors (1968-1969)
  • Technical Secretary (1969-1970)
  • Director at Large, Board of Directors  (1968-1969; 1971-1973; 1975-1977)
  • Chair, Awards and Resolutions Committee (1974-1979) Editor’s note: It was during Mr. Peterson’s term as Chair that he was instrumental in the creation of the Fellows of the Institute. 
  • Vice President for Conferences (1981)

Awards and Honors:

  • Elected USITT Fellow (1977)
  • Member, Key and Seal Club and Triangle Club, Princeton University