John Peterson

Profile Updated: November 12, 2011
Residing In: Niceville, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Pat
Occupation: Retired pilot and business owner
Children: Son John born Lubbock 1968. Now living in Berkeley, CA. Manages hog production for large organic meat More…producer.
Daughter Laura born Lakenheath, England 1980. Living in Duluth, GA (suburb of Atlanta) with husband Clint McPhail and 2 children, Jackson,3 and Avery,1 yr.
Military Service: USAF  

Kidney update #3: We were supposed to go home the 27th, but at our last checkup on the 26th, the lab results showed the kidney had stopped filtering, and I had a "raging urinary tract infection". I was readmitted for a series of scans and possible biopsy of the new kidney. The scans did not show any blockage, so a needle biopsy was ordered. A prebiopsy scan showed the new kidney was completely surrounded by fluid, which ruled out any needle biopsy, so the surgeon was called in to reopen me and do a visual check and take a biopsy the old fashioned way. That was done on Halloween, and no blockage was noted and the biopsy showed the kidney was healthy with no signs of rejection(praise God!). The problem apparently was pressure from all the fluid surrounding the kidney. I spent 2 more days in the hospital, then was released back to the townhouse for another week with daily labs. Finally we were released to go home on Nov 10th. So we are home at long last, with staples still in and a drain attached, and were greeted with a stack of cards and notes from classmates. We will go back to Birmingham Dec 1st to remove both. I want to thank all of you for the prayers, concerns, cards and calls. There is no better feeling than the warmth of friends from 50 years ago rallying to your side in tough times. You have blessed me greatly!

Kidney update #2: Transplant occurred as scheduled on Oct 5th. Operation was flawless, without any complications. Stayed in hospital for 3 days, then moved to hospital townhouses next door. Will be here till the 27th, then home! The new kidney is working great and I feel 1000% better. Staples came out this am, and the wound is also healing nicely. We do labs every day to check kidney function and to evaluate medicine levels (take about 40 pills a day). See the doc once a week for followup. We want to thank you for all the prayers and concern you have covered us with; God is truly the Great Physican!

Update as of Sep 22, 2011: First, it was great to see all of you last year at the 50th! I don't know if you noticed, but I was quite ill at the reunion. My kidneys were failing and uremic poisoning was getting the best of me. Since then I have been on dialysis three days a week and really feel good between sessions, but the dialysis wipes me out on treatment days. Got some great news though, a friend from our church volunteered to give me a kidney! She went through the blood matching and the physical exam to see if she was a match, and praise God, she was! Transplant will be 5 October at the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL. I expect 5-7 days in hospital, followed by 2-3 weeks in an apartment next door to the hospital, then home. Our daughter and her husband and children just moved from Atlanta to Birmingham(another God thing), so we will have lots of support. Say a prayer for me and Susan (the donor) that all goes well.

I see some are sumarizing their time since graduation...well, here goes:
1960-61 Bucknell Univ.
1961-64 Allegheny college, BA in Economics
1964-65 Pilot training at Reese AFB, Lubbock, TX
1965 Married Marge Ellis
1965-69 Instructor pilot, Reese AFB. Attended TX Tech.
1969-1975 pilot RF-4C at Bergstrom AFB, Austin TX, Misawa AB, Japan, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand (my year in Vietnam), and back to Bergstrom. 72 attended Univ of So Cal(USC).
1975-1978 Staff officer in USAFE and NATO HQ in Ramstein AB, Germany. Attended Univ of Utah
1978-1980 Operations officer flying RF-4C RAF Alconbury, UK. Married Pat Bachman in UK. MS in mgt from Troy Univ.
1980-1985 pilot and squadron commander, RF-4C, Bergstrom AFB.
1985-1993 staff officer Tactical Air Warfare Center (TAWC), Eglin AFB, FL; Group commander computer wargaming facility, Hurlburt Field, FL; Chief of Staff, TAWC.
1993-2004 Opened tax accounting business in Niceville, FL. Reprsented clients in audits before IRS. Atended Univ of W. Florida.
2004-2009 Retired in Niceville.
Adult Sunday school tracher for past 10 years. Helped start local feed the poor program; now feed 800 people every Saturday in their neighborhood.

School Story:

Jack Painter sitting beside electric panel in Joe Wersuk's class; pulled out one of the wires shutting off power to Speedy Crop's fish tank.

Martha McClaud's marvelous murals in the glass hall.

Taking French II form a French woman, a Puerto Rican woman, and a Polish (Hungarian?) man all in one year!

Mr Siverd giving us a study hall after somone shuffeled his 3x5 cards during lunch.

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May 17, 2018 at 11:15 AM

John, a day late for your birthday, but the wish for a happy and healthy one is the same as it was yesterday! Never forget our Kerrtown days! Hope you are doing well. Peggy

May 16, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Happy birthday John. Hope you are feeling well. Enjoy the day.

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Posted on: May 16, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Happy, Happy Birthday, John. Hope all is well with you and your family. Enjoy your special day.

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Posted on: May 17, 2016 at 11:25 AM

I want to wish you a belated happy birthday. I hope it was a good one for you.

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Oct 24, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Rich, Happy Birthday! Hope you and the family are all doing well. Pat and I will toast your birthday with some fine Canard wine!

Oct 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Yvonne, We wish you a blessed birthday today. So sorry to hear of your health issues; you are in my prayers. Here's to better days ahead!

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Posted on: Jun 05, 2015 at 8:35 AM

A belated happy birthday Dan. Know you are enjoying retirement in sunny Tucson.

May 20, 2015 at 8:05 AM

Right back at ya on the birthday greetings, Peggy!! Doing fine down here in Niceville. Still planning on attending the reunion. Have a great day!

May 16, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Happy Birthday, John. Enjoy this special day set aside just for you. Hope to see you at the Reunion in July. Best wishes, Peggy

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Mar 08, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Happy Birthday Diane!

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Mounting up for an early morning cruise around Laos, 1972. Thats me in the front. We had 3 guys from Meadville in our squadron, believe it or not.
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Wife Pat sitting on the patio with Kai and Spitz(the Sheltie)