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1963 Case alumnus M. Scott Peck, M.D., author of The Road Less Traveled and other novels, dies

M. Scott Peck, M.D.
M. Scott Peck, M.D.

M. Scott Peck, M.D., author of The Road Less Traveled and other novels, died Sept. 25 at his home in Connecticut.

A native of New York City, Peck earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1958 before matriculating into the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

After earning his M.D., he served in the U.S. Army, resigning in 1972 as a lieutenant colonel, assistant chief psychiatrist and neurology consultant to the U.S. Army surgeon general. He had a private psychiatry practice in Connecticut from 1972 to 1983.

Peck is known worldwide for his best-selling books for adults and children, utilizing his background in medicine, psychiatry and theology. Readers have come to know his works through hard cover, paperback and audio versions, and his works have been translated into numerous languages. His first and perhaps best known book, The Road Less Traveled, was published in 1978, and his most recent book, Glimpse of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism and Redemption, was published earlier this year. In 2001, his 1992 book The Friendly Snowflake: A Fable of Faith, Love and Family, the first children's book he had written, was reissued. It's just one of his books featuring illustrations by his son, Christopher.

In 1984, Peck co-founded The Foundation for Community Encouragement, a Seattle-based nonprofit foundation that promotes the principles of community through workshops held throughout the world. He continued to serve to organization after retiring from its board of directors. His efforts earned him the Kaleidoscope Award for Peacemaking in 1984, the Temple International Peace Prize in 1994, and the Georgetown University Learning, Faith and Freedom Medal in 1996.

Among his other honors, in 1992 Dr. Peck was selected by the American Psychiatric Association as a distinguished psychiatrist lecturer "for his outstanding achievement in the field of psychiatry as an educator, researcher and clinician." In January 2002, he received the Case President's Award for Distinguished Alumni.


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