James Edward Peters

James Edward Peters, JD joined his parents Kathleen and Richard along with sister Judy and other family members in eternal life on September 4th after a brief battle with cancer. Jim was born on September 18, 1951 in Quincy, Illinois. His most recent residence was in Lawrence, Kansas with his cherished partner of 43 years and husband of 13 years, Gary Mohrman.

Jim retired in 2019 as the director of the University of Kansas Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a position he held for nearly 8 years. As Director Emeritus, he continued to teach a course on Arlington Cemetery, as well as courses on Harry Truman, Presidential Assassins, John Brown, The Underground Railroad in Kansas, The Story of Eleanor Roosevelt, and several more. It was in 2005 that Jim joined KU as director of marketing for KU Continuing Education.

Prior to joining KU he spent two decades in marketing and publishing. It was while living in Washington D.C. that he became intrigued with Arlington National Cemetery. Upon inquiring more about this national monument, he discovered that at that time, there was no formal publication about its history or those interred there. This inspired him to write and publish the preeminent book “Arlington National Cemetery; Shrine to America’s Heroes”, now in its 4th edition.

Jim received a bachelor’s degree in government from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston. He practiced law for several years in his hometown of Quincy, Illinois before moving to our nation’s capitol.

Always wishing to give back to his community, he was on the board of directors for Douglas County Kansas Historical Society and was the past president of the Lawrence Central Rotary Club.

Biking, hiking, golfing, cooking, and a lifelong love for his dogs were among Jim’s interests. He was also a master gardener.

His love of learning and his passion for life inspired many. His contagious laugh and incredible sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Jim is survived by his husband Gary Mohrman, siblings Susan Peters, Dan (Brenda) Peters, Nick (Doris) Peters, Mike (Dorothy) Peters, Thomas “Toby” Peters (Mary Kay Ellis), and Theresa (John) Unterfenger. He is further survived by his sister-in-law Carol Manassah and her husband Elias, as well as scores of adoring nephews and nieces, other relatives, and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 18, 2023 at 6:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 18, 2023 from 4:00 PM until the time of the service at 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses at kansasvna.org and the Quincy Humane Society.


  1. Paul K Geers on September 12, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Desr Gary
    You have my deepest sympathy and to the Peters family too.
    May God rest his soul for his journey home.

    Paul K. Geers

    • Don & Alice Ann Johnston on September 17, 2023 at 9:14 am

      We found the obituary in the Lawrence Times while searching Google for news of Jim. We are so sorry we did not know earlier. Our deepest sympathy to you and Jim’s family. It is so hard to Accept his leaving us. You have both become such dear friends to us and the Lawrence community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
      Don & Alice Ann Johnston
      Lawrence, KS

  2. Rita Brinkman / Lammers on September 12, 2023 at 9:41 am

    Rest in peace dear friend!

  3. Tom Arnold on September 13, 2023 at 7:47 am

    It was my honor to have shared my high school years at Christian Brothers High School with Jim. His energy and enthusiasm for life were contagious. Though I was never ever remotely close with Jim, or kept in touch after high school, he was one of those people I never forgot. Sort of like in the Xmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” he touched my life and I’m better for it. Godspeed Jim.

  4. Patti Porter on September 15, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    What a wonderful man, he will be missed by so many. When I met him, immediately, I knew he was a special human. I feel honored to know him a short time.

    Patti Porter

  5. Don & Alice Ann Johnston on September 17, 2023 at 9:28 am

    We found the Lawrence Times obituary searching Google for news of Jim. We are so sorry we did not know about it earlier. Our deepest sympathy to you and Jim’s family. You have both been such dear friends to us and to the Lawrence community. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Don & Alice Ann Johnston
    Lawrence. KS

  6. Mark and Mellany Tretter on September 18, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Our deepest condolences for your loss of a great person.
    Mellany and Mark Tretter

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