3 women put in hall of fame

Published January 24, 2007

TALLAHASSEE - A Florida Supreme Court justice, an advocate for abused women and children, and an educator-engineer-missionary are the newest members of the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.

Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday selected Maryly Van Leer Peck, president emeritus of Polk Community College; Kathy Herrmann Catino, chief executive officer of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples; and Justice Peggy Quince.

Peck, 76, was born to a family of engineers and earned three degrees in that field from Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida.

In 1982, she became the first female president of a Florida community college. She remained in that position at Polk until retiring in 1997.

Catino, 56, became an advocate after finding herself in an abusive marriage 35 years ago. She is also president of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Quince, 59, is the first black female to serve on the Supreme Court. She was jointly appointed by Gov. Lawton Chiles and Gov.-elect Jeb Bush on Dec. 8, 1998.