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Carol Peckham

November 5, 2021

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Carol Peckham

Carol Peckham, age 78, of Greenport, NY, died November 5th in her home.

Carol Peckham was born in Albany, NY. She grew up in Averill Park, NY, received a BA from Bennington College, and moved to New York City, where she lived and worked for more than 30 years. After weekending upstate since 2001, she and her husband Michael Grisham moved full time to Greenport, NY in 2014 and built a house together.

She had a long and significant career in medical publishing, first as Publisher of Scientific American Medicine and Care of the Surgical Patient and later Vice-President at Scientific American. There, she managed continuously updated print and the first CD-ROM delivery of medical information to physicians.

In 1992 she and Cynthia Chevins started Nidus Information Services, a series of reports designed to be delivered both in print and online directly to consumers. They sold Nidus to A.D.A.M, later acquired by Ebix, and both then worked at Medscape, the physician information division of WebMD.

After retiring from publishing, she ran for the town board in Greenport and was secretary of the Columbia County Democratic Committee, as well devoting herself to local food assistance, first cooking for the Salvation Army and then co-founding the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen during the COVID 19 pandemic.

She was a passionate, brilliant and witty writer who kept numerous blogs covering a wide array of subjects including politics, food, and marvelous observations on her own growing older. Her writing reflected her lifelong dedication to helping others, yet was never preachy or didactic, for it always shone with the keen sense of humor, the intelligent sympathy, and the generosity of spirit that all who knew her will miss.

She died peacefully looking out on the meadow and pond she loved.

She is survived by her three children, Geoffrey Atkin, Jillian Atkin Sim, and William Snow, two stepchildren, Sarah and Jeremy Grisham, and six grandchildren.

Carol wanted no services. Donations can be sent to Community Hospice or the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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Sandy Moore

Thank you, Carol Peckham for being such an inspiration and such a beautiful example of living life right.

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