Peggy S. Gott, Ph.D.

Peggy S. Gott, Ph.D.

February 22, 1944 - January 10, 2023

Peggy S. Gott, Ph.D.

February 22, 1944 - January 10, 2023


Peggy Gott, Ph.D., passed away peacefully on January 10, 2023.

Dr. Gott was retired from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA as Associate Professor of Neurology and Associate Director of the EEG/Evoked Potential Laboratories. Concurrently she was on the medical staff of the Los Angeles County + Southern California Medical Center, USC University Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, all in Los Angeles, and Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Gott authored numerous scientific publications and presented her research at national meetings throughout the country.

She was valedictorian of her Williamson (WV) High School class. In addition to may other activities and honors in high school, Dr. Gott was Worthy Advisor of the International Order of the Rainbow and was awarded the Grand Cross of Color for exceptional service.

During her studies at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, she won the prestigious Curators Award, Chemical Rubber Company Science Award in Chemistry and Area Distinction Awards for the highest grade point average in science, math, psychology, and social studies. In addition, she helped with community projects such as teaching Sunday School for people with a disability. She graduated with an A.A. degree in Biology.

At the University of Kentucky she earned a B.A. in Chemistry. She was awarded a NASA Fellowship for graduate study and graduated with a Ph.D., specializing in Neurophysiology and Biophysics.

After receiving an NIH Fellowship, she moved to Pasadena, CA to become a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Laureate for his work on specialization of the left and right brain. With Dr. Sperry, she worked with patients who had half the brain removed, generally because of tumors. She was also involved in split-brain studies in which the fibers that join the two halves of the brain are cut, usually as a last resort for intractable epilepsy.
She returned to West Virginia for a year as Director of Research and Training for the State Department of Mental Health.

In 1975, Dr. Gott accepted an appointment in the Department of Neurology at the University of Southern California.

She was a member of the Society for Neuroscience, International Neuropsychology Society, Society for Psychobiology, and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, “Notable Americans,” and “World’s Who’s Who of Women.”

In 1984 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Stephens College and spoke at the Commencement ceremony. In 2000 she was honored as one of the initial members in the Williamson High School Hall of Fame. She was also the recipient of the Ability First, George Vick Jr White Swan Award, a tribute to inspiring individuals with disabilities.

Active in community service, Dr. Gott appeared on the National Cerebral Palsy Telethon in 1980 and 1981. She participated in a project with the Los Angeles School District to encourage disabled students to pursue careers in science and technology. In addition, she was President and a member of the Founding Board of Directors of LIV Living Independently in the Valley, an independent living center which provided information, referral and advocacy services for disabled persons and their families in the San Gabriel Valley. She was a member of the Child Advisory Board of the International Institute of Los Angeles.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, where she has served on the Commission for Missions and Social Concerns, the Administrative Board, and the Library Committee. She also served on the United Methodist Cal-Pac Conference Disabilities Ministries Task Force.

Dr. Gott was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Gott and Ruby McCoy Gott. She is survived by several cousins.

The family would like to thank her long-time caregivers, Betty Kemp, Vicki Orr, Mary Chambers, and Amanda Orr for their support and compassionate care.

Family Burial will be 12 noon Friday, January 20, 2023 at the McCoy Family Cemetery, Huddy, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pasadena Humane, 361 S Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105; or Appalachian Center for Independent Living, 4710 Chimney Dr., Charleston, WV 25302.

Condolences may be shared with the family at .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: January 20, 2023 (12:00 AM - 1:00 AM)
  • Venue: McCoy Family Cemetery
  • Location: Huddy, KY - (Get Directions)

Pasadena Humane

  • Address: 361 S Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

Appalachian Center For Independent Living

  • Address: 4710 Chimney Drive, Charleston, WV 25302

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5 responses to Peggy S. Gott, Ph.D.

  1. Peggy was a special member of Williamson’s class of ’62. Not only was she valedictorian but a friend to many. She was part of the memories of school activities, dances and sleepovers. RIP Peggy.

  2. In my friendship while in school, she was a great person, friendly, loving and driven to her accomplishments which were many.

  3. Sandra White says:

    Always like being around her. She was in rainbow for girls with all of us. She will be missed

  4. Amber Smith says:

    Peggy was a very intelligent and beautiful lady! She was an example to all of us to never let anything stop you
    from succeeding! She had a heart of gold and shared her love with “ALL” she called friends!
    Peggy snd her mother, Ruby we’re good friends with my family during Peggy’s WHS years!
    My mother was a teacher and good friends to the Gott’s and always admired them both and loved them dearly!
    Rest In Peace beautiful Peggy; you
    were an example of beauty and strength! You were dearly loved and you left us with beautiful memories.
    Rest In Peace Peggy and thank you for being an example of strength and love❤️🙏

  5. I’m sorry to hear about Dr. Gott. I have fond memories of her. My heartfelt condolences to the Gott family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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