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Originally published: 2013-09-23 13:15:07
Last modified: 2013-09-23 13:15:51

Carl August 'Auggie' Petersen Jr.


A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Peterson was born in Evanston, Ill., in 1929, and grew up in Wilmette, Ill. After graduating from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., he attended Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana, Ill., with a degree in architecture. While in college, he participated in the Naval R.O.T.C, and after graduation served aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Los Angeles for two years during the Korean War.

Back home from the military, Petersen began his internship in Chicago, Ill., and completed it in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Two year later, he opened his own office in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fla., where he slept under his drafting board for a short time. As his practice grew, he established his permanent office and adjoining residence on the N.E. 14th Street Causeway in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he worked and lived for over 40 years. Both the east and west coasts of South Florida are dotted with numerous residences, large developments, condominiums and prominent buildings that bear his signature design. He also had design projects in Georgia, New Jersey, Tennessee, as well as Nassau and Saudi Arabia.

Petersen discovered the two loves of his life, his wife of 25 years, Laura “Sally” Petersen and the mountains of North Carolina. After retirement he and Sally settled into their dream house on Beech Mountain, where he continued his work throughout the High Country with the same dedication and design skills he had used in South Florida. His last endeavors were in Headwaters, Sunalei and Bear Creek. He loved his profession and kept at until age 82.

In addition to his wife Sally, he is survived by many nieces and nephews who uniformly boast of the positive impact that Petersen had on their lives. He will be best remembered for his wonderful dry sense of humor, and the good times that he inspired in both close friends and casual acquaintances. During his illness, the people and the Town of Beech Mountain provided the Petersen's with the extra special care they could not have found anywhere else.

Final arrangements are being provided by the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland. Condolences may be registered on-line at e-mail@rsfh.net.

The Petersens were very supportive of the Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and the Avery County Humane Society. He was at home with hospice care, and they were wonderful. Donations may be made to any of those organizations, or to a charity of your choice.


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