Remembering Dr. Garnet E. Peck

In Memoriam: Dr. Garnet E. Peck (1930-2014)

The Department of Industrial & Physical Pharmacy shares with sadness the passing of Dr. Garnet E. Peck, Professor Emeritus, on September 16, 2014. Dr. Peck was a long-time faculty member and director of the manufacturing labs. “Dr. Peck made enduring contributions to pharmaceutical technology and education, and helped to develop many of the most influential leaders in today’s pharmaceutical industry”, said Dr. Liz Topp, Department Head. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family in this loss. He will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Peck's research interests included optimization of drug product design and process design, in particular those systems involving tablets: topical drug adsorption, flow of solid systems, dispersed systems design and evaluation, new tablet coating materials as mentioned, and excipient-drug interaction. His research resulted in over 150 scientific publications and he served as major professor for 48 doctoral students. He was elected to the United States Pharmacopeia Committee of Revision for three terms from 1985 to 2000. He served on FDA Advisory Committees for generic drugs, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy compounding, and cGMP revision.

Upon his retirement in 2003, the Garnet E. Peck Symposium was established in his honor for his enduring contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences, including the development of latex-based tablet coatings that have been used in the industry for more than thirty years. The goal of the symposium is to stimulate interest in focused areas and to identify opportunities for new research.

Those wishing to make a donation in Dr. Peck’s memory may contribute to the Dr. Garnet E. Peck Graduate Scholarship.

  • By mail: Print and complete a one-time gift form or set up a recurring gift. Send the completed form with a check to: Purdue Foundation, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
  • Online: Specify “Dr. Garnet E. Peck Graduate Scholarship”. Under Additional Gift Information, select In Memory/Honor of the person you are paying tribute to: Dr. Garnet E. Peck.


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