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Duquesne University scholarship in honor of beloved nurse reaches half its goal

| Sunday, June 30, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
Linda Peterson, the first volunteer coordinator at Bethany Hospice in Green Tree, died in November. Family, friends and coworkers have established a scholarship in her name at the Duquesne University School of Nursing.

Linda Peterson's lifelong commitment to helping others continues after her death.

Family, friends and coworkers have established a scholarship in her name at the Duquesne University School of Nursing and have crossed the halfway mark in their goal to raise $50,000 in the months after Peterson's death in November.

Peterson, 69, of South Park pioneered the volunteer program at Bethany Hospice in Green Tree and was its first volunteer coordinator. She also organized and coordinated a group of volunteers at First Bethel United Methodist Church that visited shut-ins.

“She was our fourth employee at startup,” said Diane Mead, founder and CEO of Bethany Hospice. “She just jumped on board.”

That was her nature, said Max Peterson, her husband of nearly 50 years.

“She would just go and do,” he said.

The Bethany Hospice/Linda L. Peterson Endowed Scholarship at the Duquesne University School of Nursing will help educate future healthcare workers, enabling them to continue her mission of volunteerism and selfless service to others, the hospice said.

The fundraising so far has been all word-of-mouth, a testament to Peterson's esteem in the community and the network of people she touched, her husband said.

Linda Peterson, who died of Sjogren's syndrome, an inflammatory disease that can affect many parts of the body, organized programs such as music therapy and instituted pet therapy visits at Bethany.

Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or csmith@tribweb.com.

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