On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:
The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Gail Sisti, 313 Forest Rd, Wallkill, NY 12589 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Dr. Peck was a Poughkeepsie pediatrician. A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians, she was Board certified in Pediatrics and was affiliated with both Vassar and St.Francis hospitals. When World War II broke out, she volunteered to serve in the Emergency Medical Service and was posted to London. She was eventually commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, rose to 1st Lieutenant and ended her service as a Captain. She returned to private practice in Poughkeepsie in 1946. Over the years, she served on community boards such as Astor Child Guidance Clinic and the United Way, as well as conducting regular well-baby clinics. Dr. Peck was not enthusiastic about large group practice and she did support the concept of government sponsored Medicare and Medicaid.
When notified of her award as Woman of the Year, she was "taken by surprise" and thanked the Poughkeepsie Branch for the recognition. AAUW is proud to honor Eleanor Peck as Woman of the Year.