Priest Donated His Body to Help Teach Lessons of War

The Hawaiʻi Catholic Heraldʻs Patrick Downes reported that Father Francis G. Peterson was laid to rest on Aug. 18, four months after he died and donated his body to the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Downes wrote that the ashes were interred with full military honors at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Peterson served in Hawaiʻi as a priest for more than three decades.

A World War II veteran, the priest died at age 85 on April 14 at Tripler Medical Center. Father Peterson was severely wounded in Europe during the war, according to Downes, and lost an eye and spent two and a half years recuperating.

When he died, his friend Pat Boyd Rivera told the Hawaiʻi Catholic Herald that she believed the priest donated his body to the medical school “because he wanted the newer generation of doctors to see the kinds of wounds soldiers endured during the Second World War and the surgical techniques that were used to repair them.”

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