E. Quinn Peeper
2010 ALIHOT Award
For his contributions to music and literacy
E. Quinn Peeper, MD, FRSA, who grew up in Memphis, TN, is one of the multi-talented young professionals who have selected New Orleans as their permanent residence and who add enormously to the vibrancy of the city’s cultural life. A talented, much admired surgeon, Dr. Peeper also is a prize-winning concert pianist.
On the musical side of this eclectically energetic personality are countless hours of musical performing donated for the benefit galas of such organizations as the Louisiana Philharmonic Symphony and the New Orleans Opera Association. He made his New Orleans début with the Faulkner Society at a Words & Music concert in St. Louis Cathedral on the 100th anniversary of William Faulkner’s birthday in 1997 and his national début at Carnegie Hall the same year. He won the 26th Annual International Piano Competition at the Giornale Musicale Festival of Italy in 1991and the Adult & College Division of the New Orleans Ursuline Bach Competition in both 1997 and 1998. Since his début with the Society, he has performed at Words & Music on numerous occasions, both solo and with his partner, another of the city’s multi-disciplined professionals, attorney and concert pianist Michael Harold. Most recently, they have performed together at Trinity Episcopal Church and at the Wilson Center, Washington & Lee University.
Michael & Quinn Duet
Educated at Washington & Lee, where he graduated magna cum laude; Oxford University, where he received a BA and an MA; and Columbia University Medical School, Dr. Peeper did his residency at the Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan and was Chief Resident at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center in St. Paul, MN, before moving to New Orleans.
Today, he is in practice with Crescent City Physicians, Inc., specializing in gynecology and obstetrics and he is associated with Touro Infirmary, among the city’s most respected hospitals. Since 1998, he has been a lecturer with Professional Seminars, Inc., tutoring medical students in written and oral OnJGYN Board Review Courses. Prior to joining the staff at Touro, he was Senior Partner and Medical Director, for West Jefferson Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Gynecology at the West Jefferson Physician Center. His appointment there followed a stint as Vice Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Quality Care Committee, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, West Jefferson Medical Center. Widely published in medical journals, he has conducted research projects at a number of medical institutions in various aspects of pre-natal care. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Fellowof the Greater New Orleans Obstetrical and Gynecological Society; member of theOrleans Parish Medical Society, The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem,And The Military and Hospitalier Order of St Lazarus.
Quinn is active in cultural affairs not only in New Orleans but in Great Britain, where he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), inducted in 2007. Currently, he is a member of the Faulkner Society's Board and is President of the English Speaking Union, New Orleans. He was responsible for bringing the national convention of ESU to New Orleans last year and organized the programming for the convention around the birthday of Samuel Johnson. A voracious reader, he prepared himself for the conference by reading the important books about Samuel Johnson and the important works of the legendary British expert on the English Language. In the six years since taking over the leadership of ESU, he has transformed it, brought it into prominence as a leader in the cultural and educational life of New Orleans.
Under his direction, ESU has initiated numerous projects to enrich the reading and speaking skills of Louisianians. For instance, as President of ESU, he created the English in Action program to teach English to new immigrants in New Orleans. He personally gives English lessons to Vietnamese immigrants every Sunday at Queen Mary of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East. Ten years ago, before becoming president, he created the New Orleans branch of the ESU Shakespeare Competition for high school students. The winner goes to Lincoln Center for workshops with other students of 72 branches in the United States.
He also has spearheaded the creation of a scholarship endowment to provide for continuing education for New Orleans teachers. This scholarship through ESU New Orleans will pay for tuition and expenses for a local high school teacher to attend the summer continuing education program in the United Kingdom. He wrote to Buckingham Palace for permission from the Queen to name the scholarship in her honor and she gave permission in writing on Sept 8. It will be named the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship and in 2012 will be called the Diamond Jubilee scholarship. Future fundraising by ESU New Orleans will be to fund this scholarship. The endowment was begun with $20,000 earned by ESU New Orleans from the convention
here last year.
He is a member of the Board of Directors and Production Committee, New Orleans Opera Association, and has been a member of the Vestry, Christ Church Cathedral. His clubs include The United Oxford and Cambridge University Club, London, Oxford Cambridge Club of New Orleans, New Orleans Opera Club, Shakespeare Society of New Orleans, and Jane Austen Society of North America.
He is endlessly perfecting new skills, exploring new avenues of expertise in both his
primary career and in his leisure life and, whenever, he gets into a new activity, it iswith boundless enthusiasm. He does not like to waste a moment sitting idle. An example: because of the endless hour on call as an obstetrician, he decided to take up needlepointing to satisfy his creative urges. His needlepoint pillows, most completed while waiting for a delivery, are exceptional decorative arts pieces.
Interior decoration is, in fact, his longest-running hobby. He received the Metropolitan Home, 2001 Home of the Year Award in 2001, and his various homes have been photographed for a series of lifestyle magazines. He also enjoys decorating himself and he has been a recipient of the New Orleans Men of Fashion Award.Now, he has embarked on a new obsession. For years he has kept a diary and, recently, decided to do a memoir in the style of the famous 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys. If he is not now among the leading experts in the country on Pepys, he soon will be, so extensive has his research been to date and so extensive are his research plans for the immediate future.
Quinn at Juleps in June
Quinn Peeper represents the best and brightest of this community, a young man any woman would be proud to have as her son.
He already is a legend in his own time.