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Wilbur H. Peck

Wilbur H. Peck Obituary
Wilbur "Will" H. Peck, 73, Indianapolis, died Wednesday, August 27, 2003 in Indianapolis. Peck was born on April 9, 1930 in Amsterdam, New York. He attended Springfield College in Massachusetts receiving a B.S. in Physical Education in 1952 and a Masters Degree in 1955. Mr. Peck spent his career in the YMCA community. Beginning in 1955 as a Physical Director at the Central Queens YMCA in New York City, he soon moved to the Grand Central branch as Executive Director. In 1975, Peck received the call to serve as the President of the YMCA of greater Indianapolis. Under his leadership, the YMCA of Indianapolis grew steadily and branch operations, programming, and facilities expanded. Peck was instrumental in the growth of the Ruth Lilly Outdoor center as initiating discussions about the role of a YMCA in Fort Benjamin Harrison. In addition, he is member of the YMCA Volleyball Hall of Fame. Will Peck also devoted substantial time to the sport of volleyball. In 1960, he was appointed as the Chairman of Officials for the USVBA (United States Volleyball Association). In 1970, he was elected President of the USVBA and served until 1979. His book, 'Volleyball," on the fundamentals of the sport, was published in 1970. During his term as President, the Volleyball Association adopted a long-range vision to present the United States as a world power in the sport of volleyball. Peck was called to represent the sport of volleyball on the USOC (United States Olympic Committee). For over 25 years he served various roles on the USOC and was nominated to the board of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. In 1999, Peck was inducted to the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Following his retirement in 1994, he continued his devotion to service by serving as president of the United States Volleyball Education Foundation. In addition, Peck was an active member of the Rotary club of Indianapolis (Downtown) as well as Lawrence United Methodist Church. Most recent positions were on the Board of Managers at Ft. Benjamin Harrison YMCA & on the board of Trustee YMCA Greater Indianapolis. Survivors: wife, Florence R. Peck; 2 sons, Michael R. Peck and Gary A. Peck; sister, Janet Hughes; and 4 grandchildren, Laura, Alex, Riki and Dustin. The calling will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 2 at Community Life Center at Washington Park East, 10612 E. Washington St. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at Lawrence United Methodist church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Will's memory to YMCA of Great Indianapolis Endowment Fund and or USVBA Education Fund and or . Arrangements: Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center- Washington Park East.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 31, 2003
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