Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 28, 2014

Alice Brooks Peterson

LELAND — Alice Brooks Peterson, born in Boston, Mass., on May 11, 1927, to Nicholas Ellsworth Peterson (native of Suttons Bay) and Julia Brooks McClure Peterson (native of Vandergrift, Pa.) passed away peacefully on June 18, 2014.

She grew up in Wellesley Hills, Mass., graduated from Wellesley High School in 1945 and from Wellesley College in 1949. She received her MBA from Babson College.

She worked briefly for General Radio and then joined the John Hancock Company where she became a trail-blazer as the first woman vice-president overseeing the bond department. She counseled and trained new analysts qualifying them for promotion to senior positions in the company. After 34 years, she retired and moved to Michigan – first to Kalamazoo to be near her brother George, and then to Leland to be near her childhood summer vacation spot and many cousins.

Alice served on the board of the Boston YWCA and was deeply involved in its many activities. The National YWCA Board awarded her the “Tribute to Women in International Industry” in 1986. In Leland she volunteered for ShareCare, supported the Leelanau Conservancy and was a member of Sons of Norway. She hosted large family reunions in Leland for a number of years creating connections and memories for a widely scattered family. She was also a prolific letter-writer and kept contact with friends and family all around the world.

She was a thoughtful and caring person who mentored many young people including friends, cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. She was generous to her Alma Mater as well as many charities.

Alice was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Richard; and sister-in-law, Anne.

She is survived by her brother, George (Amy) Peterson; nephews and nieces, Nick (Kristine) Peterson, Nancy (Patrick Müller) Peterson, Gail (Rick Howrey) Peterson, Rob (Chris Laaksonen) Peterson and Jim (Corina) Greig; and many devoted great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Munson Hospice House (or your local hospice), Operation Smile, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Suttons Bay or Disabled American Veterans.

Please share memories with Alice’s family at her online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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