Dr Mark Erik Victor Petersen FRCP (Class of 1979)
1.5.1961 - 22.12.2019
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our lovely friend Mark Petersen (CLS 1972-1979), a wonderful family man, loving husband to Victoria and father to Joshua and Freya, loyal and always hugely entertaining friend to many, brilliant, highly regarded and compassionate physician and cardiologist, and a seriously good cricketer.
At CLS Mark excelled at sport, particularly cricket (he had it in his blood - his Father was a very high standard cricketer), but relishing the opportunities to play Rugby, Water Polo and almost everything else and always to a high standard. But he was never anything less than academically excellent and comfortably navigated his way through the tough pathway to medical school (again in his make up – his mother a nurse and his father a doctor…) at St Mary’s, London winning the school A-level biology prize on the way.
Many OCs will remember him as a vital member of the OC cricket side in the early 1980s: this was a very strong and successful side and Mark, along with his close friends Ben Webb and Simon Hylson-Smith (CLS contemporaries), was a major part of the success, batting very vigorously and successfully in the early order (once scoring 30 in a couple of overs before a declaration while Ben at the other end was trying to get to 100…), bowling his heart out for long, exhausting spells, and from most of our perspective being the best gully/slip catcher any of us had ever seen at any level. And he was also the life and soul of the team on wet cricketless days which seemed to occur all too often: on one occasion he taught most of us to play a strange game he called Zoom-Schwarz-Profigliano, which none of us mastered except for the regular requirement to down large quantities of beer. Fortunately, the rain didn’t ease up that day or we wouldn’t have been able to resume. We were then expected to play on all subsequent similar occasions, and we assumed that Mark always won (but nobody really knew…)
And at the same time he was progressing rapidly through medical school and then the highly competitive world of hospital cardiology. With an extensive research portfolio, terrific clinical skills and a lovely bedside manner, he sped through the ranks and, wisely eschewing the chance of a London appointment, he was appointed as a consultant to Gloucester and Cheltenham Hospitals, where with some great colleagues and friends he developed a cardiology service which is admired by all of us, and most importantly by his patients to whom he gave so much and who loved him, and whom he loved.
Mark was a genuinely lovely man, full of passion, excitement and talent, and was taken much too soon. He will be terribly missed by all his family, colleagues, patients and friends.