Thomas Peterson passed away peacefully on May 25, 2018 at the age of 88. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio to Arthur Peterson and Kitty Heiskell. He received his B.F.A. at the University of Georgia and his Masters of Fine Art at Columbia University in New York. Tom was an accomplished artist and a dedicated Professor of Art at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl. from 1958 to 1992. He touched many lives with his passion for art and his desire to share it with others.
Tom’s primary focus at the start of his career was painting, but he went on to become an accomplished sculptor, print-maker, photographer and portraitist. He especially enjoyed documenting with photography, the many diverse facets of the life and landscape of his beloved West Virginia. Thanks to a 3-year Research Grant, he was able to make multiple trips to his childhood state and compile an extensive portfolio of photographs. Tom’s wide body of work can be found throughout Central Florida at local museums and in private collections, as well as at Bob Carr Auditorium in Orlando.
He is survived by his loving daughters Katherine Quillman and Isabelle Holcomb, grandchildren Tara Holcomb, Thomas Quillman (Diana), and Shawne Holcomb (Nia). Also left to treasure his memory are Ronalie C. Peterson of Maryland, and great-grandchildren Jose and Vivian Quillman and Eliza Anne Keevan. He is predeceased by his wonderful wife of 32 years Hallie Hallam Peterson, grandson Brandon Holcomb and Katherine S. Peterson, the mother of his daughters.
Romney held a special place in Tom’s heart and he always considered it his hometown. His family roots were deep there and although he had no siblings, he did have 12 first cousins, 3 aunts and uncles and numerous nieces and nephews! Some of his favorite memories were at the Pancakes beautiful farmhouse Riverview talking and enjoying delicious meals with his cousins! His great grandfather John Collins Covell was one of the first principals of The W. Va. Schools for the Deaf and Blind. He served from 1874 until his death in 1887.
Tom will be interred in Indian Mound Cemetery where his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are laid to rest. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday August 2, 2018.
Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home; 304.822.3511