is a civil servant
d more than $2 million to the Smithsonian
Institution's National Portrait Gallery. According to Smithsonian officials , it was the largest single donation in the gallery's history.
Peck, employed as a computer systems manager
U.S. Customs Service
requested that his donation finance a multimedia
program at the National Portrait Gallery
to focus on the American presidency
as an adjunct to the gallery's Hall of Presidents
Peck acquired his fortune through IT consulting
, shrewd real estate investment
s and providing financial planning
services to others.
Peck's gift is intended to support maintenance
as well as improvements to the gallery and its collection