HENRY ‘PETE’ PETERSON, or “Pete’ as he is affectionately known, hails from the Miami area of Florida. He was an outstanding football player in high school, and received a football scholarship to attend FAMU in Tallahassee, FL. Upon reporting in the fall of 1953, it was determined he had an undiagnosed injury, and he lost his football scholarship. But Pete was a ‘double-threat’. So he then tried out for the band (The FAMU Famous 100) and won a music scholarship as a saxophone player. He graduated in 1957 with a BS in music. He was also commissioned a 2nd LT in the US Army (Intelligence Branch). Classmates in 1957 who were commissioned with him include former ASBC Trustee Wilburt Jenkins and Fredrick Humphries, later President of FAMU from 1985- 2001.
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