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David L. Peterson, who realized the dream he had as a boy growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., of becoming an FBI agent, died Dec. 10, 1997 in Bringham & Women's Hospital, Boston, after a battle with cancer.

Peterson, 42, had been an FBI agent for 14 years in field offices in Boston, New Haven, Conn., and Washington.

"His life-long dream was to be an FBI agent and as a boy he used to pretend he was Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (of the television show, 'The FBI')," his wife, Debra J. Fleming, said Friday.

Peterson was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of the Nichols School, Syracuse University and Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, Raymond and Sybil Lythcott Peterson of Buffalo; two brothers, Raymond G. of New Haven and Daryl E. of Aliquippa, Pa.; and a sister, Lorna of Buffalo.

Services were held in Warren, Mass.

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