Peck, Robert E. M.D.

     Dr. Robert E. Peck, who is at the head of the Elm City Private Hospital of New Haven and also is conducting a private hospital at Woodmont, Connecticut, for the treat-ment of nervous and mental diseases, in which he has long specialized and in which he is regarded as an authority throughout Connecticut, was born November 8, 1866, in New Haven, his parents being Leonard E. and Jeannette W. (Clark) Peck, who were also natives of this state and representatives of early New England families. In later life the father became a government employe in connection with the postal service. At, the time of the Civil war he enlisted from Connecticut with the Seventh Regiment of Townsend Rifles and became sergeant. He served throughout the entire period of civil strife and was wounded at the battle of Olustee, Florida. At the close of hostilities he was honorably discharged and returned to his home in New Haven, devoting many years thereafter to his duties in the government service. He passed away in 1903 at the age of sixty-eight years, while his wife, surviving for a decade, died in New Haven in 1913 at the age of seventy-two. They had a family of three children, of whom one died in infancy. The surviving daughter is Mrs. Mary L. Hall, of New Haven.
     Robert E. Peck, the youngest of the three children, attended the public schools of New Haven and later entered the Stowe Military Academy to prepare for the Sheffield Scientific School, from which in due course of time he was graduated, completing the course there in 1890. He afterward became a medical student at Yale and won his professional degree in 1893. While in the medical college he became assistant to Professor Smith in chemistry. Following his graduation he took up the private practice of medicine and while thus engaged he devoted much time and study to nervous and mental diseases, becoming a recognized authority on those subjects. He has built up a large practice in the line of his specialty and his work has been attended by notable results.
     In March, 1913, he became connected with the Elm City Hospital, of which he was made the head. This institution is one of the best equipped for all lines of general prac-tice in the New England states. Tt is a large, commodious building, well lighted and ventilated, and has many private rooms as well as a dormitory for nurses. The institution is supplied with every facility for the accommodation of patients who require medical surgical attendance. Dr. Peck also conducts a private sanitarium for nervous and mental diseases at Woodmont. His study along that line has resulted in remarkable achievements and his treatment represents the most advanced scientific investigation and research in this field. Dr. Peck is a member of the Connecticut State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
     In December, 1898, Dr. Peck was married in New Haven to Miss Eva L. Seward, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Seward. Dr. and Mrs. Peck hold membership in the Dwight Place church. He is identified with the Graduates' Club. He is appreciative of the social amenities of life and enjoys association with his friends, but concentrates his efforts and attention mostly upon his professional duties, which are ever discharged with a sense of conscientious obligation. Colleagues and contemporaries speak of him in high terms, while his work is the proof of his pronounced ability in his chosen field.

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