Remembering Robert W. Peters

Robert W. Peters, founder of the speech and hearing sciences program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at UNC Hospitals. He was 89 years old.

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Professor Peters joined the faculty of UNC Chapel Hill in 1969 and founded the Institute of Speech and Hearing Sciences, which later became a division in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.  He chaired the academic program in speech and hearing until 1981 and taught courses in psychoacoustics, fluency disorders, and research design.  The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences established the Robert W. Peters Award Fund to annually recognize a student who has demonstrated excellence in research.

Dr. Peters’ research focused on auditory and speech perception, sensation and perception, and stuttering.  In 1981 and 1982 he was a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in England.

Dr. Peters was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.  Before coming to UNC, he was a professor in Pensacola, Fla., and then Hattiesburg, Miss., at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he served as Departmental Chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences and as Research
Administrator for the University.

Dr. Peters’ survivors include his wife of 53 years, Helen Peters, and his two children, Colin Peters and Sheila Barnett.

The UNC Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences established the Robert W. Peters Award Fund to annually recognize a student who has demonstrated excellence in research.  Click here if you would like more information about making a gift to the fund in memory of Dr. Peters.