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Caryl E. Peterson, retired professor of biology at Towson University, dies

Caryl E. Peterson, retired professor of biology at Towson University, dies

Caryl E. Peterson, a longtime professor of biology at Towson University who served for nearly a quarter-century as a trustee of McDaniel College, died Jan. 19 from complications of a stroke at Gilchrist Center Towson. The former Lutherville resident was 82.

James E. Lightner, a professor of math who taught at McDaniel College for 36 years before retiring in 1998, is also the college’s historian and author of “Fearless and Bold,” a history of the college published in 2007.

“Caryl was a very gracious and personable lady and certainly her parents’ child,” said Dr. Lightner, who graduated from what was then Western Maryland College in 1959. “She had always been a vibrant force...

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