Dr. Larsen was born in Chicago, IL, but moved at an early age to the more outdoor-friendly environment of rural Minnesota where he developed his early love for nature’s precious resources. From raising pheasant chicks to overseeing the conservation value of the soil bank program of the family farm he grew in appreciation for results obtained by proper management of wildlife and the outdoors.
Following graduation from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Peter was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship for the study of mathematics at the University of Minnesota where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in that field. His educational objectives changed direction when he then enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School where he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree. He then completed a four year program in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery and became Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. In addition to maintaining a very busy clinical practice Dr. Larsen participated in numerous early studies and investigations into the safety and effectiveness of intraocular lens implants which are used today for treatment of visual loss from cataracts. In addition to his stateside Ophthalmology practice Dr. Larsen has been active in doing foreign outreach volunteer cataract surgery in such places as Honduras, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Gambia, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya, and Ghana. Dr. Larsen has worked with Mercy Ships, Lighthouse for Christ, and Surgical Eye Expeditions.
Dr. Larsen’s interest in hunting and other sustainable use of nature’s bounty has taken him on trophy hunts to all six continents and he looks forward to his next hunts with enthusiasm and great anticipation. Dr. Larsen was Captain of the Shikar Sharpshooters team at the 2006 One Shot Antelope Hunt and has remained active with the Hunt by being a member of the Past Shooter’s Board of Directors for the past 14 years. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Weatherby Foundation (www.weatherbyfoundation.com) for over 10 years and currently serves as its President. Dr. Larsen has been a member of Shikar Safari Club since 2003 and has served as the writer of the Worldwide Hunting Development section of their KYH magazine for the past 15 years in addition to contributing many hunting adventure stories to its pages.
Dr. Larsen is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors for the International Order of T. Roosevelt and looks forward to helping this great organization advance its Vision, Mission, and Values.