May/June 2010
In Memoriam: Magistrate Judge Richard C. Peck

Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard C. Peck died of pneumonia on May 20, 2010, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 92.

Richard C. Peck graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Law with honors in 1942. In 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and selected to do counterintelligence work.

Following the war he entered private practice and also served as Cass County attorney until 1956. After that he held a number of federal positions including Chief Assistant to the U.S. District Attorney of Omaha, U.S. Commissioner, and Clerk of Court for the District of Nebraska.

He became a pioneer in the federal magistrate system, then newly established by the 1968 law. He served as a part-time magistrate from 1970 until 1975, when he became the state’s first full-time magistrate judge. He retired in 1987 at the age of 70. Eight months later, he was back on the bench because of a backlog of federal court cases. He wouldn’t permanently retire until 1992.

He is survived by his wife Juanita, a son, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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