David Blackman Peck, 78, of Albion, WI, died at Rainbow Hospice on Monday, July 30, 2012, following a battle with renal cell carcinoma. He was born in Whitewater, to Clarence and Jean Blackman Peck as the identical twin of Charles and as the eventual brother to Kaaren (Andersen) Nowicki of Atlanta, and Patricia (Peck ) Bromley of Whitewater, his only surviving immediate kin. During his junior and senior years in high school, Dave played trumpet in the Jack Catania Trio on Saturday nights at the Whitewater Lake Inn and for wedding dances. Dave eventually played in the jazz bands of Antioch College, San Diego City College, the University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University, and Pierce College. Dave served in the Army Signal Corps in Germany and later logged almost a quarter-million miles as pilot-in-command of various airplanes.
Dave attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, where he moonlighted for nine years as chief engineer of WYSO. He subsequently graduated from San Diego University’s School of Electrical Engineering. At Northrup Grummond (formerly Litton Guidance and Control) in Woodland Hills, CA, David WAS a rocket scientist, designing the inertial guidance laser-gyro precision reference avionic hearts, some of which were impervious to the effects of nuclear explosion, for the F5, F18, A10 and Airbus aircraft as well as various cruise missiles. He was a member of the IEEE and the NPSE, professional organizations for electrical and electronics engineers. In retirement, he served as assistant diving coach at UW-Whitewater, where two of his divers became nationally ranked NCAA Division III divers. In accordance with Dave’s preference, no formal services are planned. The family would like to thank his friends at the Edgerton Public Library and Ray’s Café for their kindness to Dave.