Dr. Thomas Harold Peake (1947 - 2012)

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Dr. Thomas Harold Peake passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 surrounded by family and dear friends.

Dr. Peake was born on November 1, 1947 in Stafford, KS. to the Rev. Thomas Bryan Peake, Jr. and Maurine Snyder Peake. Both preceded him in death. Dr. Peake married Victoria Hanna on December 27, 1968.

Dr. Peake is survived by his wife, Victoria, and by two daughters, their husbands and five grandchildren. Daughters are Susan Elizabeth (Lisa) Conway, husband, JJ Conway, and children, Coleman Thomas, Sheamus Jocelyn and Cicely Rose; Leigh Kathrine (Katie) DiBernardo and husband, David, and daughters, Isabel Grace and Lily Ann. Dr. Peake is also survived by a brother, Andrew Peake, Nashville, Tennessee; nieces, Kristi Sams, Lexington, Kentucky and Maggie Peake, Plymouth, New Hampshire; and a nephew, Drew Peake, Plymouth, New Hampshire. Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Winifred Otte, Melbourne, Fl; and sister-in-law and family, Susan Webb (Dr. Mark Webb), nieces, Natalie Bullock (Mickey) and Ashley Webb and great nephew and niece, Jeremiah and Hanna Bullock, all of East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dr. Peake was a professor of clinical and neuropsychology at Florida Tech and practiced neuropsychology and clinical psychology with Psychology Association of Brevard since 1986. He was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, University of Missouri, University of Memphis and a post - doctoral fellow in Neuropsychology at University of Virginia. Dr. Peake was licensed to practice in Michigan, Virginia and Florida and was a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Dr. Peake was a diplomate and elected to fellow status in American Psychological Association's Clinical, Family Psychology and Psychotherapy Divisions and was a fellow with the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Board of Medical Psychotherapy.

Dr. Peake's special clinical and academic interests included life span development, clinical training, brief psychotherapies, medical and neuropsychology, couples therapy and healthy aging. He authored books in many of those areas. The books include Brief Psychotherapies: Changing Frames of Mind; Clinical Training in Psychotherapy; Healthy Aging, Healthy Treatment: The Impact of Telling Stories and Cinema and Life Stages: Healing Lives and Training Therapists.

Dr. Peake along with Florida Tech colleagues and local physicians and advocates helped found the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic. He was a proponent of brain autopsies for Alzheimer and Dementia Research and was a donor to the State of Florida Brain Bank. He served for nineteen years on Trinity Towers Board and was an advocate for elder justice.

Dr. Peake loved his family, daughters and grandchildren, literature, music, sports and animals.

He was a member of DELTA Society, dedicated to the improvement of health through therapy and service animals. He was especially proud of the many students he trained and the outstanding work they are doing in psychology and medicine.

Dr. Peake was an Eagle Scout and a veteran of the United States Army.

Visitations are planned for Thursday, September 20, from 5 pm to 7 pm, and Friday, September 21, from 4 pm to 7 pm, at Beckman-Williamson, 5400 Village Drive, Viera, FL 32955. Services will be held on Saturday, September 22, at 11 am, at Holy Trinity, 50 West Strawbridge, Melbourne, FL.

The family wishes to recognize the intelligent and dignified care of Dr. Peake at Autumn House. Special thanks to Robbin Adams, Minton Cooper and the exceptional staff. Special thanks to Dr. Kelly Dunn; Wuesthoff Behaviorial Health professionals, Dr. James Jacobson, Dr. Stephen Curtis and Dr. Joel Shuy and their dedicated staff; to clergy, Father Steve Easterday and Father William Lewis, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; Sister Immaculata Knox, Ascension Catholic Church and Father Dr. Doug Bailey, FIT. The family is grateful to Dr. Gene Shepherd and to Dr. Robert Shapiro for their friendship and support. Special thanks to the outstanding VITAS Hospice team.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic Melbourne, FL.

You may sign Dr. Peake's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.

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