Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
John Peck, a retired professor
in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at
Austin, died on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1998. We who knew him
will truly miss this outstanding professor, nurturing mentor, and kind
and gentle friend.
John was born on September
14, 1910, in Worchester, Massachusetts, and grew up in Crown
New York. He received his bachelors degree with a major in
journalism from Springfield College in 1932. During World War II
he served in North
Africa and Italy with the 21st Aviation Engineer Battalion,
having attained the rank of captain.
In 1954 John received his
PhD in special education from the University of North Carolina. From
1956 through 1975 he was a professor in UT Austin's Department of Special
Education, earning the rank of associate professor in 1960 and full
professor in 1969. His many roles in the department included serving
as graduate adviser and teacher certification officer.
Before and after retirement,
John devoted many hours of service to the Austin community,
and the Nation, particularly with organizations serving children
disabilities. These organizations included the Marbridge Foundation,
Mary Lee School of Special Education, Governors State Advisory
Committee on Mental Retardation, and the Presidents Committee
on Mental Retardation. John devoted not only his professional life
serving children with disabilities, but his personal life as well.
He and his surviving wife, Lena Peck, took many children with disabilities
into their home, caring for them on a daily basis.
Johns passing marks
the loss of a kind and gentle man who devoted his life to teaching
and mentoring university students, as well as parenting children
Larry R. Faulkner, President
The University of Texas at Austin
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
This memorial resolution was prepared
by a special committee consisting of Professors Randall Parker (chair),
Alba Ortiz, and Keith Turner, and Professor Emeritus Natalie Barraga.