A Latin Lover?
At the 7th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering in Vancouver, Canada, June 1983. From left to right: Dr. Arnaldo Carrillo-Gil, Dr. Jorge Troncoso, Dr. H.B. Seed, Dr. Peck.
Dr. Peck was legendary in his ability to write succinctly with perfect grammar and spelling. He was also legendary in his detailed constructive review of the many papers his students and staff sent his way. Over a period of many years. I was responsible for a major research project on tunnel linings, so I had the opportunity to write may research reports for his review. Not only did I learn about technical issues from Dr. Peck, but I learned much about good English grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. In one of my sessions with him, he questioned the spelling of an unusual word describing a special technical process. Dr. Peck gave me the Latin word for a related process and asked me to re-check the spelling in English. Of course, the sources that I had been using for the spelling were incorrect and Dr. Peck's practical application of the Latin language in everyday life led me to the correct spelling.
Harvey Parker, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
This letter is an excerpt from the Geo-Strata Feature on Professor Peck, Geo-Strata September/October 2008.