the Life of Helen Carr Peake
alumnus creates new fund
for student excellence
February Issue 2
Dr. Sheldon Pang, an RLE
alumnus, has established the Helen
Carr Peake Memorial Fund in RLE. Helen Peake, the wife of
RLE principal investigator William
T. Peake, Professor of Electrical and Bioengineering, passed
away last year. Pangs gift honors the memory of Helen Peake
and commemorates the profound influence of the Peakes on his education
and professional development.
The fund will support an annual prize for outstanding bioengineering
research by an MIT undergraduate or graduate student doing research
in RLE or the Eaton-Peabody Laboratory (EPL) at the Massachusetts
Eye and Ear Infirmary.The award will be known as the Helen Carr
Peake Research Prize.
Pang is Senior Vice President of AIG Trading Group, Inc., a member
company of American International Group, Inc. He conducted his doctoral
research in RLE and EPL as a member of the RLE Auditory Physiology
Group, receiving his doctorate from MIT in 1988.
RLEs Director Jeffrey H.
Shapiro, Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering,
expressed the Laboratorys appreciation of Pangs generous
gift.Professor Peake, who was a member of Dr. Pangs
doctoral committee and an important intellectual influence in his
graduate studies, and his wife Helen opened their home and their
hearts to generations of graduate students. This was certainly the
case with Dr. Pang when he was a student, noted Shapiro. Mrs.
Peake succumbed last year to a long illness.That her many contributions
to the RLE and EPL community will be memorialized through an annual
prize is, in my view, a very fitting tribute to a woman who helped
so many students thrive here at MIT and after graduation.
Contributions to the fund are welcome. Please consider joining
the many friends of RLE who have added their donations to that of
Dr. Pang. All gifts are placed into perpetual MIT endowment, with
income from the endowment funding the Prize.
Checks should be made payable to MIT/Peake Memorial Fund,
and submitted to the address below:
The Office of Memorial Gifts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Prospective donors with questions may contact William Smith, Assistant
Director for Finance and Sponsor Relations, at 617.253.5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.