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WAYNE PETERSON Wayne Stanford Peterson, 76, of Henderson, passed away April 20, 2017. He was born to Edna and Stanford Peterson, March 22, 1941, in Shawano, Wis., and was a 20-year resident of Henderson. Mr. Peterson graduated from Gresham, Wis. High School, and received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1964. After graduating from university, he became one of the first Peace Corps volunteers, serving for two years in Brazil. During his time in the Peace Corps, he started the first privately funded welfare organization for the poor in Brazil, S.O.S., which still operates today. In 1967, he was appointed by the president to the U.S. Information Agency Foreign Service, and served for 13 years in diplomatic positions at American embassies in Brazil, Vietnam, and Kenya. In 1980, he was appointed policy officer at USIA in Washington, D.C. He was later director of the Fulbright Scholarship Program, a position he held for 17 years until his retirement in 1997. Wayne was a talented painter, author and international speaker. His book, "Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings" has been published in several languages. Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Stanford Peterson; and sisters, Patricia M. Peterson and Bonnie K. Tillman. He is survived by his mother, Edna Peterson Comer of Henderson; brother, Mark A. (Bonnie) Peterson of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Michelle (David) Peterson Dresia; nephew; nieces; grandnieces; and grandnephews. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson.
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