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  • Writer's pictureSen. Donna Frett-Gregory

Senator Frett-Gregory joins the community in mourning the loss of Honorable Judge Eileen R. Petersen

April 25, 2023

St. Thomas, USVI – It is with a heavy heart that I join the people of the Virgin Islands in mourning the loss of the Honorable Judge Eileen R. Petersen, a daughter of the soil.

Judge Petersen had many firsts in the Virgin Islands. She was the first female judge in the Virgin Islands and the first Chairperson of the V.I. Casino Control Commission. She paved a path so that other women such as myself could follow.

She was an active part of my beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was the epitome of our sorority’s motto “Supreme in Service to All Mankind”. She gave unselfishly to the development of young people in our Virgin Islands community, and we are all better for her contributions.

There are no words that will lessen the grief and sadness we all feel today. But we can all be comforted in knowing that she lived a remarkable life of service above self. May her soul rest in eternal peace.



Jamila Russell

Legislative Director

Office of Senate President Donna A. Frett-Gregory


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