Veterans Affair Gulf Coast Healthcare System chief of audiology celebrates retirement

The Veterans Affair Gulf Coast Healthcare System in Biloxi says goodbye to one of their most beloved employees, some know her as ‘the legend.’

In a room full of balloons and pictures of Dr. Margaret Peak, friends and colleagues took turns giving emotional speeches at Dr. Peak’s retirement party.

The doctor is celebrating 51 years in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the Veterans Affair Gulf Coast Healthcare System in Biloxi. Assistant Chief for Audiology and Speech Pathology Jennifer Barnes said, “When I was 23-years-old, I came here to the Gulf Coast VA and I cannot even put into words all that I have learned from her. She is an incredible human being. She is an incredible audiologist and she’s an incredible leader.”

Even though Dr. Peak is retiring from the audiology department, she originally set out for a career on a theatre stage. “I was like, you know, this is not for me, but I restarted to take these courses to get my state license upgraded and I fell in love with audiology and working with people and you can do something tangible with them. You can help them move forward.”

Peak tells News 25 she will miss working at the VA because coworkers have become family to her over the years, but she will especially miss the veterans she has met and served over the years. “Listening to their stories, listening to what they can tell us, finding out what their problem is and what their goal is, what they want to do, what they want from us, and being able to give it to them.”

Speaking of celebrations, Peak is celebrating her 85th birthday on Thursday.

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