Glenn Peake, MD
Sketch by Michael Norviel
Glenn and I were fellows in endocrinology together under Dave Kipnis and Bill Daughaday at Washington University, St. Louis in the early 1960's when Glenn was pursuing prolactin and growth hormone using bioassays in the pigeon crop sac and rat femur in vitro. In 1968 I moved to UNM and recruited Glenn to UNM where he moved into the new technology of radioimmunoassay for prolactin and growth hormone. Our two families were close friends in St. Louis and New Mexico and remain so today.
Glenn was a great colleague and scientist in the tradition of strong linkage between basic and clinical research and the teaching of Medicine and Endocrinology. Thus he was the logical first director of the UNM Clinical Research Center in the 70's, and remained in that role until his untimely death. The UNM library has a bound volume of his complete publications which provide a wonderful historical documentation of his leadership in research through those years crossing early bioassays with today's radioimmunoassay. As one of the early clinicians to use Human Growth Hormone derived from DNA technology in the treatment of pediatric short stature secondary to HGH deficiency, his pioneering reports of the impact upon this population are exciting. Today's clinical management of both this pediatric entity as well as of pituitary tumors which secrete growth hormone and/or prolactin, owe considerable thanks to his shoulders in basic and clinical research utilizing the UNM Clinical Research Center.
— Philip Eaton MD, Emeritus Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, UNM
I was an endocrinology Fellow in training when I knew Glenn Peake. What I remember most is his keen ability to identify the precise medical problem and to suggest alternative treatment plans. He was an expert on delayed growth problems in children and was the national expert on growth hormone treatment of short stature. As a teacher he was superb, simplifying complicated medical issues so that even I could understand them. His premature death was a great loss to our medical school, our endocrine division, and to the patients that were under his care.
— David S. Schade, MD, Professor and Chief of Endocrinology, UNM School of Medicine
I remember Glenn as a wonderful individual and so easy to work with on medical illustrations for his research and teaching projects.
— Michael Norviel