Jerome D. Perlman, MD

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Posted on: January 12, 2021

Dr. Jerome David Perlman, 91, passed away on December 24, 2020. He was the son of the late Abraham and Rae Winer Perlman. He was born at the Hospital of St. Vincent de Paul in Norfolk, Virginia on July 19, 1929.

A lifelong resident of Norfolk, he attended John Marshall Elementary School, Blair Junior High School, and graduated from Maury High School in 1947. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate studies and graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1955. Dr. Perlman’s medical residency was interrupted by his service in the United States Army. In 1957 he was stationed in Hanau, Germany and served as Commander of the Medical Detachment of the 899th Tank Battalion and later, as the Commanding Officer of the 209th General Dispensary serving troops and their families. Upon his discharge from the army, he returned home to Virginia where he completed his residency at Norfolk General Hospital.

Dr. Perlman opened a private practice in family medicine in 1959 and became a charter Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. He was a member of the American Medical Society, the Virginia Academy of Family Practice, the Medical Society of Virginia and the Norfolk Academy of Medicine. Dr. Perlman was an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine of Eastern Virginia Medical School. Medical students from EVMS and the University of Virginia rotated through his office observing and evaluating patients with him. Dr. Perlman served on the DePaul Hospital Board of Trustees as well as the lay board. He was Chairman of the Department of Family Practice and served as president of the medical staff.

In 1983, Jerome retired from medical practice for health reasons and put his talents to use elsewhere. He was an honorary member of the Beth Sholom Home board and served on the admissions committee there for many years. He and his wife Pansy were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding dedication, commitment, and support to the mission of Beth Sholom Village. In retirement his energy was directed to the Virginia Endowment for the Jewish Aged, an organization which he served until it merged with the United Jewish Foundation. He was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple.

Everywhere he went Dr. Perlman was greeted by a handshake, a hug, a kiss, and a pleasant exchange of words. He had a gentle and kind manner that was endearing to all. He will be missed by those whose lives he touched and there where many. He would like to be remembered for his love and devotion to family and medicine.

Jerome was preceded in death by his beloved wife and soulmate, Pansy Donsky Perlman. They were married in 1953 and were inseparable for 67 years. He is survived by his loving daughter, Susan Scholsohn and her two children, Todd Scholsohn of Norfolk, and Amy Jo Scholsohn of Playa Vista, CA. He is also survived by a devoted son, Dr. Steven Perlman, his wife Sharon and their daughters, Lauren Perlman of Brooklyn, NY and Erica Perlman of Lakewood, CO. His four grandchildren brought him much joy and so many bright tomorrows.

He will be lovingly remembered by a sister, Saralee Warnick of Bellevue, WA and sister-in-law, Lolly Bernstein of Norfolk as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to his many wonderful doctors, nurses and caregivers for their dedication and compassion.

Memorial donations may be made to Beth Sholom Village, Ohef Sholom Temple, or a charity of one’s choice.