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By Kent Larsen

Long-time Sunstone Publisher Elbert Peck Resigns

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Citing exhaustion after 15 years of running the Sunstone Foundation and its magazine and symposiums, Elbert Peck turned in his resignation to Sunstone's board of directors Friday. Peck is credited with expanding Sunstone's mission to include regional symposiums in Washington DC and the US west coast, among other places, and for giving the magazine a vision of what it could become. The resignation, which was not unexpected, came after the 46-year-old Peck had indicated that he feels worn down for the past year.

Peck is a Utah native who served an LDS mission to Northern California and Nevada before graduating from BYU with a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy and a master's degree in public administration.While attending BYU, he worked for the LDS Church's missionary department, assisting with a project that re-wrote the Church's missionary discussions.

But before leaving BYU, Peck spent a year as the founding editor of the controversial campus newspaper, Seventh East Press, and a year later went to work for Sunstone editing its short-lived sister publication, Sunstone Review. After working as an urban planner for suburban Montgomery County, Maryland for a time, Peck returned to Sunstone to take over as editor in 1986 as editor, and took on the Publisher job also in 1991, when Daniel Rector left.

In a press release, the Foundation said that Peck will be sorely missed, "We will miss having his creativity and vision steering us daily." And Peck said he was thankful for the time he spent with Sunstone, "I leave with a deep sense of gratitude for the wonderful experience of my fifteen years at Sunstone. It is hard to imagine another job that could be so rewarding, that could connect me with so many splendid people, that can call me to draw upon my diverse skills, talents and ideals," he wrote in his letter of resignation.

Peck explained further in comments to the Salt Lake Tribune, "The last year I have really been burned out. I had a hard time doing what I had done before. The magazine, the symposia, the fund raising, our upcoming Web page project, all required such a force of personality to do. I found I just didn't have it in me to do it any more."

Because of the workload on Peck, Sunstone hired new staff members in the last year. William Stanford joined the Foundation as business manager and Dan Wotherspoon was hired in January as editor of the magazine. They have both agreed to take on additional responsibilities with Peck's exit, as has the Foundation's office manager, Carol Quist. Planning for the foundation's August symposium remains in place, and should continue without additional difficulties.


Elbert Peck Resigns from Susntone Magazine
Sunstone Foundation Press Release 12Jun01 N4

Peck, Citing Fatigue, Steps Down at Sunstone
Salt Lake Tribune 13Jun01 N4
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune


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