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Metropolitan Washington Ear mourns the loss of our Board President Emerita Freddie L. Peaco Metropolitan Washington Ear is sad to share that our beloved longtime Board member and President Emerita Freddie L. Peaco has died. Throughout her life and work, Freddie sought, as she described, to dispel the "myths and stereotypes associated with race and disability." Her kindness coupled with her intelligence made her a wonderful leader and inspiration to all who knew her. Freddie came to Washington, D.C. in 1961 to attend Howard University for her bachelor's degree and then American University for a master's degree. Freddie worked for the Library of Congress, National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) for 42 years. While at the library, she held several positions, primarily in the reference section. She also served on the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Ear from its founding until her move to California in the fall of 2022 some 49 years later. She was a member and elder of Northeastern Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Freddie was also a well-known figure throughout the metropolitan Washington area. She was a fixture at budget hearings, informational meetings, and public sessions, always advocating and empowering blind residents of the District of Columbia. Freddie focused on equity of access and opportunity for both the African American community and the blind community. She advocated for accessibility as she explained for "all Black Americans and the opportunity for those with vision loss to learn, make choices, and interpret facts." Changing the treatment and perceptions of people with disabilities, Freddie was an early activist in the Disability Rights movement. The loss of Freddie extends to the greater community because Freddie related to everyone who was lucky enough to meet her. We at the Metropolitan Washington Ear mourn her loss and are grateful for the profound impact she had on our listeners, Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, staff, and the metropolitan Washington community. Services will begin at the Northeastern Presbyterian Church at 2112 Varnum Street, NE, Washington, DC 20018 on Friday, October 20, 2023 at 10 am followed by burial at Rock Creek Cemetery at 12:15 pm.
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