When Arthur Peck, M.D., Medical Class of 1952, applied to medical schools in 1948, he received 39 rejections and one acceptance. Initially, he was puzzled — his academic record was “unimpeachable,” and he was active in many extracurricular activities. He suspected that the rejections were based not on his career as a student, but on the fact that he was a Jew. In that era, he explains, most American medical schools limited their student bodies to 10 percent racial or religious minorities. Penn was the rare exception.
“I was considered a minority and I was not judged in the same way as other students,” says Dr. Peck. “Penn gave me an opportunity that changed my life. They judged me on merit, not my religion.” In Dr. Peck’s view, Penn was a “shining example of ethics and morals.” He says, “The School had a moral compass, and I will always be grateful for that.”
A retired psychiatrist who now resides in Tenafly, New Jersey, Dr. Peck has transformed his gratitude into philanthropy. He has established four charitable gift annuities and has allotted a percentage of his IRA to the School of Medicine. His philanthropic inclinations are a family trait. “My parents showed me that philanthropy was important by what they said and what they did,” Dr. Peck says. “They could only give small amounts, but to me, the lesson was clear: philanthropy enriches your life.”
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