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Posted on: January 1, 2024

STATEMENT FROM CHAIR JOLENE IVEY - COUNCIL MOURNS PASSING OF THE HONORABLE DOUGLAS J. J. PETERS

STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL CHAIR JOLENE IVEY

COUNCIL MOURNS PASSING OF THE HONORABLE DOUGLAS J. J. PETERS

The Prince George’s County Council is deeply saddened by the passing of the Honorable Douglas J.J. Peters, former Maryland State Senator, former County Council Member representing District 4, and former member and Mayor Pro Tem of the Bowie City Council.

When asked what he wanted voters to know about him, Doug shared his love and commitment to his family. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Corinne, their six adult children, and three grandchildren upon the profound loss of their ‘hero.’  We cannot imagine your grief.

A United States Army Reserve Captain, Doug Peters served in Operation Desert Storm and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for acts of valor in combat.  Elected to serve at the city, county and state levels of government, he was also a visionary whose leadership and meaningful public service as a lawmaker rendered tangible results for our community.   His very life defined service.   

As a Prince George’s County Council Member committed to education and student achievement for constituents in District 4 and across the County, he obtained funding for the new Northview Elementary School, renovations and upgrades to reopen Whitehall Elementary, Samuel Ogle Middle School, and the Belair Annex as well as renovations at Bowie High School.  

Additionally, he secured the initial funding for a new Bowie Fire House and the South Bowie Library.   His legacy also includes the Bowie Performing Arts Center, Bowie Senior Center and Bowie Gymnasium, tireless advocacy for youth, safe communities, economic growth and development, and budget and fiscal matters in Prince George’s County. 

Gifted with a unique business acumen, Doug Peters worked hard to build the capacity of the County’s business community, leading both the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce and the Prince George's County Board of Trade.  

A lifelong County resident with a vested interest in our community’s quality of life, Doug served the Prince George’s Literacy Council as a volunteer reading tutor; the Boys & Girls Clubs as a football referee; and he was a member of the Mitchellville School of Fine Arts board.

Guided by his deep and abiding faith, these words from Pope Francis are reflective of Doug’s service.  “Dear friends, look at the real heroes who come to light in these days; they are those who are giving themselves in order to serve others.”  

May his life and enduring legacy continue to be a blessing to us all, and a comfort to his wife and family.   

 

STATEMENT – DISTRICT 4 COUNCIL MEMBER INGRID WATSON ON THE PASSING OF FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER DOUG PETERS

I am heartbroken over the passing of our beloved Sen. Doug Peters. He was highly respected and greatly admired throughout District 4, Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland. Doug was a friend, a mentor and a trusted advisor.  His love for the community was unmatched by his love for his wife and his family.  Please keep his wife Corinne, children and grandchildren in your prayers.

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