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Edmund Peckhamphoto courtesy of CSU Northridge

Former faculty member Edmund Peckham passed away Oct. 31. Serving at Pacific from 1958 until 1967, he was the founding dean of student life for Raymond College and taught history and social science.

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Passing of former Pacific faculty member Edmund Peckham

Dec 12, 2016

Edmund T. Peckham, former associate professor of history and dean of student life for Raymond College, passed away Oct. 31 at age 92 after a brief illness.

Peckham joined University of the Pacific in 1958 as an associate professor of history and admission counselor. In 1962, he was appointed as the first dean of student life and associate professor of social sciences for the newly opened Raymond College, the first of three cluster colleges, which opened in September of that year. As dean of student life, he was responsible for the selection of students and counseling student activities and organizations.   


Ed Peckham In 1967, he and his family moved to Southern California, where he began serving as dean of student activities and housing at what was then San Fernando Valley State College, later renamed California State University, Northridge. He became dean of students in 1969 and was promoted to the position of vice president of student affairs in 1985. He retired from CSU Northridge in 1991 after a celebrated career spanning more than two decades and continued to remain actively involved with the university.  

Peckham was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Both of his parents were teachers. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, after which he attended Brown University, earning a degree in modern and medieval European history. He later earned his master's and doctorate in American history and foreign relations from Harvard University. He was a scholar in U.S. Foreign Relations and traveled extensively. Before coming to Pacific, he was assistant registrar and acting director of admissions at Rice University in Houston. In later life, and his wife of 70 years, Dorry, moved to Arizona to be closer to family. He is survived by his wife, his three children and their spouses, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  

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