Mr. Alfred Lauritz Petersen, 85, of Vass, passed away on Tuesday July 24, 2012 at Pinehurst Health and Rehabilitation, in Pinehurst.
A private graveside service will be held on Thursday July 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Southern Pines.
Alfred was born on December 29, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York to Danish immigrants Alfred and Alma Petersen. He served in the United States Air Force during WWII and upon his return attended City College in NYC and the Workshop School of Advertising and Editorial Art. He had a long and distinguished career in visual communication including working for Movie Life Magazine as a photographer; for the Children's Television Workshop, providing visual guidance for programs such as the Electric Company and Sesame Street; for Grolier Incorporated, NYC as Art Director for publications such as The Book of Knowledge and Americana Encyclopedia; and for American Education Publications/XEROX, CT as Art Director for publications such as The Weekly Reader. Upon arrival in North Carolina in 1984 he worked for the US Army JFK Special Warfare Center as a Visual Information Specialist and Literature Designer in the Publications Division from which he retired in 1994.
Alfred and his wife relocated to North Carolina in 1984 where they became long-term residents of the Woodlake community in Vass. He was passionate about Modernist Art and Architecture. This is reflected in the home that Alfred designed, in his photographs that hang within, and in the furniture he built.
Sailing was a life-long passion; he loved navigation and was well respected and sought after for his abilities as a navigator. He sailed extensively along the eastern seaboard up to Nova Scotia, to the Virgin Islands and myriad points in between. He served as Commander of the Power Squadron in Old Saybrook, CT.
He always loved aircraft and was a member of the Commemorative Air Force Carolina's Wing In Southern Pines, NC.
Alfred was passionate and fully open to explorations of new ways of seeing and understanding through art, science, music and literature. He will be remembered and dearly missed for his wisdom, support and guidance in helping each of us navigate to find the passions within our own lives. May his Spirit always have wind beneath his wings and wind filling his sails.
Alfred is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce Ethel Stuve Petersen; daughter, Leslie Joyce Petersen Egerton and husband William Jeffrey Egerton of Henderson, NC; son, Lawrence Alfred Petersen of Swepsonville, NC; and grandsons, William Zachary Egerton, 20, and Travis Lauren Egerton, 19, of Henderson, NC.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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