Pete D. Gardner Jr., 62, professor of chemistry and former academic vice president at the University of Utah, died Feb. 4, 1989, of cancer at his home in Salt Lake City.

He was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Salt Lake City, to Pete D. and Margaret Rasmason Gardner. He attended Granite High School.He spent 1 1/2 years in engineering training with the Army Specialized Training Program before attending the U. of U., where he received bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate in chemistry.

For 12 years he taught chemistry at the University of Texas, where he was voted outstanding professor by the student body. In 1965 he returned to the U. faculty as a professor of chemistry, and in 1968 gained an additional responsibility as dean for science in the College of Letters and Science. In 1972 he became a full professor of biology and later became dean of the College of Science.

He was academic vice president under President David P. Gardner from 1973 until 1977, when he returned to full-time teaching and research. The distinguished organic chemist had published more than 70 papers in chemistry and other professional publications and taught chemistry at the U. until becoming ill last fall.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 10 at the U., at a place and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Gardner's family suggests contributions to the Utah Division of the American Cancer Society.