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Richard E. Perry, 92, City of Tonawanda school superintendent
Nov. 3, 1916 -- Feb. 23, 2009

Richard E. Perry, retired superintendent of the City of Tonawanda schools, died Monday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 92.

Mr. Perry had a 40-year career as a teacher and administrator in the Tonawanda district, beginning as a social studies teacher in Tonawanda Junior High School in 1939. He became junior high school guidance counselor in 1955 and was named junior high school principal in 1958. He was appointed superintendent in 1971, retiring in 1979.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he served on the Tonawanda Board of Education.

Born in Tonawanda, he was a 1934 graduate of Tonawanda High School and a 1938 graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College.

After serving in the Navy in World War II, he did graduate work at the University of Minnesota and earned a master's degree in education from Canisius College in 1949. He later did additional graduate work at the University at Buffalo.

A former elder of First Presbyterian Church in Tonawanda, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas and served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army. He was honored as Caretaker of the Year in 2000.

His wife of 63 years, Elizabeth M. Prohaska Perry, an English teacher, died in 2003.

Surviving are two sons, Richard J. and Thomas E., and a daughter, Ann K. Goltz.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.

[ANDERSON]

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