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Robert Peck
  • February 17, 1928
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  • June 23, 2020

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Robert Newton Peck, 92, of Longwood, Florida, passed away at his residence June 23, 2020. He was born in Ticonderoga, New York, to Frank H. and Lucille Dornburgh Peck. Robert graduated from Rollins College and served in the U.S. Army, during WWII. He was an Author, writing 65 Books. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Michael Peck and daughter, Anne Dixon. The family will be having a Graveside Service at Florida National Cemetery at a time to be determined.


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  1. Joseph Steed says:
    31 Jan 2022
    I met Rob Peck at a creative writing class held evenings at Rollins College.

    1979, I believe.

    As I recall he fingered out a tune or several prior to each class commencement on a worn, corner-placed piano.

    He told us often, in a fully-joking manner, among his favorite activity was showing off. He did that well. But always with fun. And always with creative flair.

    Those were smiling days in my life.

    I learned much about writing from his class. I learned much about Rob from his books.

    I have read them all and re-read even now those tattered copies perched on my book shelf. Just last week I read Horse Thief. Again. Not long ago I read once more A Day No Pigs Would Die.

    It tugs still at my 69-year-old heart.

    You will be missed, Rob. You brought joy to many. Young and not-so young.

  2. Susan Read says:
    11 Feb 2021
    To the Family of Robert Newton Peck: My deepest sympathy on the passing of Mr. Peck. I was poking through some tools today and saw my hammer, its handle worn and weary, like the handles of his father's tools that Robert notices after the funeral service in 'A Day No Pigs Would Die.' In my English Language Arts class, I would bring out my tired little hammer and show the students, to make the passage in the novel concrete and personal. Then we got the idea to write to Mr. Peck, to ask him some questions about the book and the characters. Bless his heart, not too long after, a reply arrived to our little school in Canada, a reply full of reflection, honesty, and humility. The students were touched that someone famous would write to us, to 'talk' to us about his work. So I came to the internet, wondering how the true-life story of Robert Newton Peck was going along, and I saw the news of his passing. I will cherish my memories of sharing his book with my students and of his caring response to our queries. May you be spared further sorrows.

  3. makala smith lit a candle:
    08 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 8, 2021 at 1:03:37 PM

  4. Joshua Risner says:
    28 Sep 2020
    I had just found out about your passing today. Thank you Rob for entertaining me with your wonderful books throughout my youth. In 4th grade, Soup In The Saddle was a Sequoyah book award nominee which I read twice and voted for. I even wrote to you that year which you wrote back. The letter is still located in the school archives. I am now a teacher with my own copies of some your books which I rescued from an old library. May peace be with you and your family.

  5. Ken Menzies says:
    27 Sep 2020
    Thanks, Rob, for all the stuff you taught me about writing. I was in the hospital in less than a cogent state, fighting this pandemic thing and was unaware of your passing. I cried a few times there and never knew why. One of those times, I'd like to believe, was because you left us.

  6. David Pollock says:
    10 Aug 2020
    I am so grateful and proud to have know him and sung with him at many a party

    May you now sing with the angels and let us know every once in a while that you are still here with us!

    Go with God my friend!

  7. Caden Clatterbuck says:
    17 Jul 2020
    Robert Newton Peck left such a great impact on me and my family. We were introduced to him when my brother needed a book to read for a project and, while we were browsing our local library, my father found his book "Cowboy Ghost". We all read it and loved it, and my dad checked out every book of his and we read them all. We were so moved by his novels and their distinct styles, and my father wrote him a letter expressing how much we loved his work. Peck wrote the nicest letter back to us, and we'd often write to him and his wife Sam and update each other about our lives. A few years ago for Christmas, he even sent me a signed copy of A Day No Pigs Would Die, something I treasure greatly.

    Needless to say, we are heartbroken to hear about his passing. However, Peck and his work will always be an important part of our lives. Rest in peace, Rob.

  8. William M. Graves, Jr. says:
    10 Jul 2020
    Robert Newton Peck: Greatness In Our Midst
    Following my Rollins graduation in 1977, I was asked if there were two Rollins guests I wanted to include in
    my graduation celebration dinner at Maison et Jardin in Altamonte Springs, Fl. One was Wilbur Dorsett, a Rollins
    Shakespearean Scholar. Another was Robert Newton Peck's Rollins mentor, legendary Rollins Creative Writing
    professor, Ed Granberry.

    On one of the greatest days in his life, Robert Newton Peck and I were walking across the Rollins campus
    as he lamented the fact that Ed Granberry deserved much more recognition than he had received. As we entered
    the Rollins Crummer Business School building, Rob asked me to wait for a few moments as he disappeared into an
    office to use a phone. The next thing I knew, Robert Newton Peck reappeared in the Crummer hallway and joyfully
    exclaimed to the only individual within earshot, "This writer just became a millionaire!"

    Credited with launching the young adult novel genre with considerable commercial success, Robert Newton Peck,
    gave very generously of his time and wrote to rave reviews nationwide. Using a Stetson hat and western wear to
    differentiate himself from the other writers out there; and choosing a mentor, Ed Granberry, who used to let Sinclair Lewis substitute teach his Rollins Creative Writing class, Rob Peck blazed an inimitable trail of his own. Intensely personal,
    often semi-autobiographical, and more than worthy of the highest literary praise possible.

    Will Graves

  9. Blair Bryant says:
    06 Jul 2020
    Robert Newton Peck will always be my favorite writer. His books have brought me so much joy. Rob was a great American and one of my heroes. He once sent me a nice, handwritten letter in response to a fan letter I sent him. He was a gentleman. Rest in Peace, Rob.

  10. Beverly Sweeny says:
    02 Jul 2020
    Rob will be so missed by my husband and me. It’s was a bit extra special relationship as my husband and Rob shared the same Birthday, leading to many shared birthday celebrations in Longwood. Rob entertained us all but most of all, was a most loving husband to my friend, Sharon. Thinking of you Sharon and Anne. Xoxo Beverly and Allan.

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