Help establish an endowed University position in the names of
Russell and Ruth Peck
Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of English at the University of Rochester, is a teacher, scholar, farmer, gardener, digital entrepreneur, and, above all, an inspiration to his students, colleagues, and the scholarly community at-large. Very few teachers have more closely affected the intellectual and cultural development of our students than Professor Peck. Help honor his half century of dedication to the University by making a gift toward an endowment in the names of Russell and Ruth Peck, a permanent fund that would bear their names in perpetuity.
About Russell Peck
Professor Peck has taught hundreds, if not thousands, of students, and to this day, his courses consistently attract the most talented undergraduates. He has also been the guiding force and an instrumental contributor to the University of Rochester Medieval Society. He championed the Consortium of Teaching Middle Ages project and its Middle English Text Series, too, transforming the study of medieval literature for undergraduate and graduate students around the world.
He and his wife, Ruth, also created and still run the Theater in London program, a two-week program held every winter break for the last 21 years. He was also the driving force behind bringing the Robbins Library to Rochester, a collection of highly regarded medieval texts. Professor Peck is a "ringmaster," too. His Department of English diploma ceremonies held every commencement are grand celebrations that his colleagues and alumni fondly recall. Professor Peck has made, and continues to make, a mark on the lives of many.
Rochester Review March–April 2012
On a journey he began more than 60 years ago, Russell Peck inspires students and colleagues as a scholar of Middle English literature and as an academic ‘force of nature.’
By Myra Gelband ’71
Russell Peck: 50 Years of Excellence
Professor Peck and others talk about his 50-year career with the University.
Professor Peck: 50 Years in Photos
Take a stroll through the last half century and view highlights of Professor Peck’s career.
Share Your Memories
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Support the Fund
Professor Peck has changed countless lives with his energy, passion, and commitment to his students and to scholarly achievement. Your gift will help continue his tradition of teaching excellence.
Rochester Trustee Janice Willett ’78S (MBA) and her husband Joseph Willett ’75S (MBA) were so inspired by the Pecks' commitment to education and to each other they made the lead gift to the fund in 2012. The University’s goal is to raise at least $1 million by Dec. 31, 2013, to endow a position and honor the Pecks’ dedication to education and to the University.