Former Multnomah University trustee and men’s basketball coach, James Merrill Peterson, died on December 17 of natural causes at the age of 86. He served faithfully for 40 years on Multnomah’s Board of Trustees and coached the men’s basketball team from 1962 to 1965. During Mr. Peterson’s reign as coach, he led Multnomah to a record year of 15 wins out of 19 games.
Mr. Peterson is remembered by family and friends as one who embodied strong moral integrity, a disciplined work ethic, and committed faithfulness to God and others. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Melba Baller; sons, Timothy J. and James M. Jr.; and six grandchildren.
In remembrance and celebration of his life, you are invited to a public memorial service held in Mr. Peterson’s honor on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 1 p.m. in Riverview Abbey Funeral Home, 0319 SW Taylors Ferry Road. His family has generously requested that all remembrances be sent to the Multnomah University Student Aid Fund, c/o Multnomah University, 8435 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220.