BY ROBERT A. CRONKLETON firstname.lastname@example.org
As a young girl growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Diane Peterson always was around when her father cleaned game he had killed.
“What does this do?” her father, a wildlife biologist and avid hunter and outdoorsman, would ask as he pointed to a part of the animal’s body.
“And what does this do?” he’d challenge her.
“I always really had a love of anatomy,” she said. So it’s not surprising she’d find a career determining the cause of a person’s death.
Peterson, now 38, recently became the new Jackson County chief medical examiner. She replaced Mary Dudley, who retired last fall after serving eight years at the helm.