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Robert Wright & Frederick Baxendale. 2007. Leroy L. Peters Obituary, American Entomologist, Volume 53, Issue 1, Spring 2007, Pages 59-60


Copyright 2007 Oxford University Press. Used by permission.


Leroy Lynn Peters, of Wamego, KS, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at the Wamego City Hospital after an extended illness. Peters was born on June 21, 1931, to Lester L. and Mildred (Wade) Peters in Deerfield, MO. He attended Walnut, MO, schools and graduated from Walnut High School in 1949. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War. On May 23, 1954, he married Barbara Jane Clark in Walnut.

He earned a B.S. degree in biological science in 1955 and an M.S. degree in entomology in 1956, both from Kansas State University. In 1971, he earned his Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Missouri–Columbia. His dissertation topic was “Influence of Corn Amylase on Angoumois Grain Moth Biology”.

Peters worked as a survey entomologist for the state of Kansas (1958–1964) and was employed as an instructor and assistant professor of entomology at the University of Missouri–Columbia (1964–1971). From 1972 to 1991, he served as associate professor and then professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Research and Extension Center, near Clay Center. His research and extension responsibilities emphasized management of field crop insects. Peters’ programming efforts included management of chinch bugs and greenbugs on grain sorghum, corn rootworms, and stored grain insects.

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