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Robert Morehead Perry ’32

Published in Jan. 29, 2003, issue

Robert, professor emeritus at NYU, died on Sept. 26, 2002, in Providence, R.I. He was 92.

He born in New Castle, Pa., and attended Mercersburg Academy. He received a master's in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 1935, and a PhD from Edinburgh U. in 1937. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1937. He served as a chaplain (lieutenant commander) in the Navy during WWII, and later in the Naval Reserve at the Veterans Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio. In 1946 he became an assistant professor of religion at NYU, and later chaired the department. He retired in 1975.

Robert was a founding board member of the Roothbert Fund, a foundation devoted to aiding spiritually oriented students. In 1944 he married Mary Wilson Stewart, the sister of the actor and classmate James Stewart '32. He was widowed in 1977, and in 1981 he married Coline Covington. He had lived in Providence, R.I., since 1980.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, David, James, Ethan, and Jason; and eight grandchildren, to all of whom the class sends its sincere condolences.

The Class of 1932

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