About Scott Peck

Morgan Scott Peck was born in New York City. A graduate of the  Friends Seminary, a Quaker school, he earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1958 before entering the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Upon earning his M.D., he served in the U.S. Army, resigning in 1972 as a lieutenant colonel, assistant chief psychiatrist and neurology consultant to  the  U.S. Army  surgeon  general. He had a private psychiatry practice in Connecticut from 1972 to 1983.

Peck is known worldwide for his best-selling books for adults and children, utilizing his background in medicine, psychiatry and theology. Readers have come to know his works through hard cover, paperback and audio versions, and his works have been translated into numerous languages. His first and perhaps best known book, The Road Less Traveled, was published in 1978.  His  later books, The Different Drum (1987), and A World Waiting to be Born (1993), were powerful calls for building community, peacemaking, and civility in the world. 

In 1984, Scotty, as he was known to his friends, and 11 other colleagues co-founded  The Foundation for Community Encouragement (FCE). This nonprofit foundation, originally based in Knoxville, Tennessee, was created to promote the principles of community through community building workshops held around the world. He continued to serve the organization after retiring from its board of directors. His efforts earned him the Kaleidoscope Award for Peacemaking in 1984, the Temple International Peace Prize in 1994, and the Georgetown University Learning, Faith and  Freedom Medal in 1996.

Among his other honors, in 1992 Dr. Peck was selected by the American Psychiatric Association as a distinguished psychiatrist lecturer "for his outstanding achievement in the field of psychiatry as an educator, researcher and clinician." In January 2002, he received the President's Award from Case Western Reserve for Distinguished Alumni. 

M. Scott Peck died on Sept. 25, 2005 at the age of 69 after battling Parkinson’s disease and pancreatic and liver duct cancer. The body of his work continues to inspire and lead people around the world. M. Scott Peck’s call for discipline, love and grace and the pursuit of community has created a legacy that will  impact the quality of relationships for generations to come.


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  • Jojo Koss
    commented 2020-12-20 17:44:31 -0500
    Scotty, as I say with all due respect and may his legacy continue for decades to come.

    His book is just one of many self-help books I have read in my 57 years. Although his praise from me is publicly long overdue, I just wanted to share my inspiration with you at this unprecedented time.

    He helped me along with my English professor, Dr. Edwards my freshman year in college.

    I would welcome an email to:
    [email protected]

    Jojo Koss, F ounder/CEO
    1 720 357 7735
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    Westminster, Colorado
  • William Bradley
    commented 2019-02-26 15:19:58 -0500
    Grace and peace! Scotty is one of the most profound teachers about true human nature that I have ever read. If the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous can be considered Recovery 101, then the writings of M. Scott Peck are Recovery 201 and 301. Since entering recovery in 1989 I make it a point to reread Dr. Peck’s books every couple of years. His work stands the test of time!
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  • Neil Halstead
    commented 2016-03-25 20:02:18 -0400
    How inspiring!
  • Jimmy Young
    commented 2016-03-13 18:56:34 -0400
    Ohhh sorry to hear about Dr. Peck’s passing I have just been reading his book “the road less traveled and beyond”
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