There are very few photos of Bob Peebles. An avid photographer, Bob was always the person behind the camera. He was attached to his three bulldogs and was happiest while outdoors—playing tennis, skiing, and fishing for trout in the Adirondacks, where his family had a summer home. But most of all, he loved his family and friends, and was extremely proud of his daughter.
According to his sister, Joan, Peebles struggled with mental illness for much of his life, beginning in his senior year of high school in the 1960s. When he died in 2020, he left a generous bequest to McLean—without restrictions, meaning it will support the full breadth of the hospital’s mission.
“When Bob felt like he was in trouble, when he knew he needed help with his disease, there was only one place in the world he wanted to go and that was McLean,” said Joan. “He knew it was the best psychiatric hospital in the country, and he believed in the treatment he got there.”
“Bob had been an annual donor for many years, so the bequest was the natural culmination of his decades of giving,” added Joan.
Joan also recently became a McLean donor and has included the hospital in her estate plans.
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