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Oral History Interview: Ann Peckham (1073)

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Lange, Robert
Faherty, Ann; Peckham, Ann
World War II; Roe v. Wade; Planned Parenthood; UW-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Ben Peckham; UW-Madison Medical School
In her two interviews with Bob Lange conducted in 2010, Ann Peckham discussed the life and career of her late husband, Ben Peckham (1916-1994), a long-time Professor of Medicine and the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin. She talks about Dr. Peckham?s career at UW, which began in 1956, and details his work building the OBGYN program and his outreach efforts to other hospitals and doctors in Madison and the rest of the state. She talks about his work with Planned Parenthood and his support of the Supreme Court?s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. She discusses the controversial firing of Medical School Dean John Bowers by the Board of Regents in 1961. She also details Dr. Peckham?s childhood, education, and military service during World War Two, as well as, the careers of their three children.
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