J Warren Perry

Distinguished Alumnus Dr. J. Warren Perry, Class of 1940

James Warren Perry was born October 25, 1921, in Richmond. He received his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in 1944.  He did his post graduate work at Harvard earning a MA in 1949.   In 1952 Dr. Perry earned his PhD at Northwestern College in Illinois.  He also earned a Master’s degree in Psychology at Northwestern.

Never married, his career was his life.  He became a professor of psychology at the University of Buffalo in New York.  He later became the first dean of the School of Health-Related Professions at UB.   He served as a trustee for the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation.  He served on the D’Youville College President’s Advisory Council from 1978 to 1996 and established a scholarship program there along with his brother Charles Donald, class of 1941.

He established the J. Warren Perry Scholarship at RHS in 2000 for the class valedictorian of each graduating class.

His vast collection of papers and research in the area of psychology and biofeedback made him a trendsetter.  Besides his generosity to the high school, he and his brother established the J. Warren Perry and Charles Donald Perry Scholarship fund at the University of Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions in 2000.   Those scholarships are awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student each year based on academic achievement and professional potential.  He also donated a collection of more than eighteen hundred photographs of musicians, music halls, and international artists.  He loved the opera.  He died at the age of eighty-eight in Buffalo, New York, in 2010.

Dr. Perry was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1996.




























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