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Friends Pay Tribute To George Peabody At Memorial Service

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George Peabody, who passed away January 17, enjoyed enormous popularity with his students during his 19-year tenure with TFAS.
George Peabody, who passed away January 17, enjoyed enormous popularity with his students during his 19-year tenure with TFAS.

On June 2, dozens of family, friends, former students and colleagues gathered at a chapel at Georgetown University to pay tribute to the life of George Peabody, well-loved lecturer and friend to TFAS.

The Episcopal Service was led by the Rev. Dr. Peyton G. Craighill. Four friends and colleagues delivered eulogies that reflected on different aspects of Peabody’s life, including his work as an Episcopal priest, his career as a leadership trainer with the Center for Creative Leadership, and his work as a community volunteer.

Georgetown Professor Michael Collins reflected on Peabody’s 19 years of service to the TFAS program, where he was most fondly remembered for his inspiring workshop in the Power and Values in Organizations course for the Institute for Business and Governmental Affairs.

Collins, who taught alongside Peabody, remarked: “His wisdom, his skill in the classroom, and his warm and genuine concern for his students made him at once the most popular teacher in the course, and he remained the most popular, the most deeply loved, the most effective teacher for the next 19 years.”

“George was not simply a crafty teacher, he was, as you all know, a warm, loving, generous, and compassionate man. His deep love and concern for the men and women he taught was always evident: the students felt it and responded to it. They knew George cared about them, and, when they called upon him, as they often did, he answered them with generosity, wisdom, and love.” CLICK HERE for Collins’ full eulogy.

TFAS has established The George Peabody Scholarship in memory of Professor Peabody and intends to inscribe a paver in Peabody’s name at the new Center for Teaching Freedom. This endowment will provide scholarships for deserving students to attend IBGA in the future.

If you’d like to make a contribution in George Peabody’s memory, CLICK HERE or call Kristy Khachigian at (202) 986-0384.

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