Three selected for Florida Women's Hall of Fame


Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

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. While in Guam as a missionary for 11 years, she ran a preparatory school and was dean of the College of Business and Applied Technology at the University of Guam.

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. Since then she has been credited with helping 24,000 women and children leave situations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She also is 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 Governor-elect Jeb Bush on Dec. 8, 1998, four days before Chiles died and about a month before Bush took office.

She is a graduate of Howard University and has a law degree from Stetson University.

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