peake_bwHelen Carr Peake

Helen Carr Peake grew up in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, not far from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was graduated from the Morse School in 1944 and Cambridge High and Latin School in 1948. She enjoyed academic challenges, especially in mathematics, but was not able to study advanced mathematics in high school because it was not open to female students.

In 1951, Ms. Peake was graduated from the School of Nursing of the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Roxbury. In 1952, she married William T. Peake, a graduate student at MIT. She attended Simmons College for one year before moving to Dayton, Ohio, where she completed the BS degree in Biology in 1955 at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

After returning to the Boston area in 1956, Ms. Peake continued her education through Harvard and MIT extension courses. In 1990, as a special student, she took freshman calculus at MIT—and passed, to her great satisfaction. Other serious pursuits included child raising, genealogy, the stock market, and computational data-processing. Her husband became a distinguished member of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), the Eaton-Peabody Laboratory (EPL), and MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) faculty.

As part of these research and academic communities, Ms. Peake sought interactions with students, learned about their backgrounds, celebrated their accomplishments, and helped them deal with problems. These connections with MIT enriched both her life, and the many individuals who met her and were graced by her kindness and attentive support.