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Charles D. Perry, 93, a retired college professor and a philanthropist, died Thursday (June 21, 2001) in Episcopal Church Home after a long illness.

Born in Bellevue, Ky., he received his bachelor's degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.; earned his master's degree at the University of Michigan; and completed his doctorate at Northwestern University.

He was a faculty member at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for 28 years, serving as professor and chairman of the department of classical languages, where his students included football quarterback Joe Namath. He retired in 1978.

Previously, he taught at the University of Illinois and was chairman of the department of classical languages at DePauw University.

Honored as a mentor and a teacher, he was the recipient of many awards and was listed in "Who's Who in America" since 1952. He was president of the Alabama Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

An award in his name is given to the best high school Latin teacher in Alabama. He was named an honorary lifetime deacon by First Christian Church in Tuscaloosa and was an honorary Kentucky colonel.

Scholarships in his name have been established at the University at Buffalo, D'Youville College and the University of Alabama.

He and his brother, Dr. J. Warren Perry, dean emeritus of UB's School of Health Related Professions, established a trust with the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo to benefit local human service agencies.

He also enjoyed foreign travel and once taught at the Academy of Rome while on sabbatical.

He had lived with his brother in Buffalo since 1997 and previously had stayed with him every summer.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. July 5 in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Ind.


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