Posted on: February 22, 2022
A humble man of knowledge and compassion, Dr. Roger Perry touched many lives in his years as a practicing Pediatrician. He was also a dutiful son, a supportive father, a caring husband, and a loving grandfather. A dedicated and talented physician and pediatrician, he earned the respect and trust of his patients, their families and other practitioners. Dr. Perry died on January 17, 2022 in Adamstown, MD after a long illness.
Dr. Perry was born on July 28, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While a student at the University of Virginia (BA 1951; MD 1955) he was elected to the prestigious Raven Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed both his internship and residency in Pediatrics at New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center in New York City. There he met his future wife, Dr. Hope C. Perry, also a resident in Pediatrics. They married in 1957. After completing his residency, he served honorably in the Navy at Submarine Base Hospital in Groton, Connecticut, where he practiced from 1958 to 1960.
Completing his Navy career, he moved to Ithaca, New York, where he started private practice in 1960. He was on staff at Tompkins County Hospital, and elected to serve as the President of the medical staff from 1980 to 1984. In 1994 after 34 years of caring for the children in Ithaca and the Finger Lakes Region, he retired to Newport News, VA along with his wife.
After his retirement from full time practice, Dr. Perry continued to employ his skills and knowledge by volunteering at a clinic for families without access to health care in Williamsburg, VA. There he cared for the children of families who came to Williamsburg to work in the hospitality industry. For many, this was their child’s first visit with a physician.
Dr. Perry’s reward in life was to see the children he cared for grow and thrive.
Dr. Perry is predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Dr. Hope Perry, his brother and best friend, Dr. Robert S. Perry, Sr., and his nephew Robert S. Perry, Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth (Tom), son Stephen (Migdalia), grandchildren John (Megan), Taylor, Lathem, Max, and Jessie, and 5 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Buckingham’s Choice, Adamstown, MD, in the spring.