WILLISTON – James “Jim” Brant Petersen, 51, was killed in Iranduba, Brazil, while on an archaeology research trip, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. He was born Aug. 2, 1954, in Bristol, Conn., to Ella (Chamer) Petersen and James E. Petersen of Plainville, Conn. He attended Trask School and graduated from Plainville High School in 1972, as class president and valedictorian. During these years he was active in scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. After studying at Middlebury College (1972-73) and traveling to the West Coast and back, he enrolled at the University of Vermont, majoring in anthropology. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1979, Phi Beta Kappa. Subsequently, he studied at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his doctorate in 1983. From 1983 to 1997, he was an associated professor at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he founded and directed the Archaeology Research Center. In 1997, he moved back to Vermont with his wife, when he accepted a position in the Anthropology Department at the University of Vermont. Jim quickly achieved the rank of associate professor and soon thereafter was appointed Chair. His archaeological research included extensive work in New England, the Caribbean, and the Amazon region of Brazil. Jim was an avid book collector, loved traveling and listening to jazz music. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Brennan of Williston, Vt. and several cats; his mother, Ella Noack and step-father, Bob Noack of Plainville, Conn.; his father, James E. Petersen of Salisbury, Vt.; his sister, Elizabeth Petersen of Hyannis, Mass.; two brothers, Mark Petersen of Salisbury, Vt. and Eric Petersen and his wife, Tammy, of Jericho, Vt.; two stepsisters, Lynn Del Cegno and her husband, Don, of Plainville, Conn., and Sue Johnson and her husband, Scott, of Plainville, Conn.; five nieces; and seven nephews; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and colleagues. Jim was admired for innumerable accomplishments within his field and deeply loved by family and friends for his infinite generosity. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends will be holding a memorial service 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. The University of Vermont will be holding a memorial service on campus Sept. 23, 2005. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the James B. Petersen Scholarship Fund, care of Natalie Fleischman, Senior Development Officer, University of Vermont, 411 Main St., Grasse Mount, Burlington, VT 05401.