They Always Treated Him Like Family

As a new engineering graduate in 1993, I remember working on a landslide litigation project in east Oahu, where Ralph Peck was deposed. His deposition was very short, stating basically that his opinion from a 1950s report had not changed over four decades. I later met him in 2004 at the Geo-Trans Conference, after observing him sitting on the front row taking notes in breakout sessions. Upon asking him about the landslide, he recalled that his opinions weren't always favored by the City of Honolulu, but they always treated him like family. Such was his endearing and inspiring nature.

Mathew Francis, P.E.

This letter is an excerpt from the Geo-Strata Feature on Professor Peck, Geo-Strata September/October 2008.