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Richard B. Perry, MD
Viewing: December 17, 2017 (Sunday) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Service: December 18, 2017 (Monday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Richard B. Perry, MD

Dr. Richard B. Perry, 87, died at home on December 10, 2017, surrounded by his family. Dick is survived by his wife Edith Stewart Perry (Edee); his children Richard B. Perry Jr., Mark X. Perry (Nia), Michael J. Perry (Maria), and Leigh Perry Coriale (Dave); and his grandchildren: Brian Perry (Melissa), Maureen Perry, Kathleen Perry, Lauren Coriale, Alison Coriale, Genevieve Coriale, Andrew Perry, Christopher Perry, and Claire Perry. From Edee’s family, survivors include her children Beatrice Jones (Doug), Robert Tracy Callahan (Julie), Amy Micholas (Mike,) and William Andrew Callahan; and grandchildren Elizabeth Jones Potter, Christopher Jones, Robert Tracy Callahan Jr., Stephen Callahan, Jennifer Paige Callahan Taney (Kevin), Matthew Callahan, Elizabeth Micholas, Andrew Micholas, and Blake Micholas and two great grandchildren, Seth Christopher Potter and McKaylen Elizabeth Taney. Dick was predeceased by his wife Maureen Brennan Perry (deceased 1977), the mother of his four children, and his wife Valda Berzins Perry (deceased 1999).

A native of Washington, D.C., Dick attended Gonzaga College High School and received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Georgetown University. This was followed by a pulmonary fellowship at D.C. General Hospital under Dr. Sol Katz. After two years as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, he returned to Georgetown University for a cardiology fellowship under Dr. Proctor Harvey. A family physician at heart, Dick entered private medical practice in Washington, D.C. in 1962 and retired in 2001 from The Internists of Washington. He maintained his relationship with Georgetown University throughout his career, achieving the rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine, and was honored by Georgetown University on many occasions for his dedicated service.

Dick served as Governor of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) from 1992-1996, served on various committees for the organization, and became the first recipient of the ACP Chapter Centennial Award, which honors the outstanding Internal Medicine Physician and ACP member of the last 100 years.

Upon retirement from private practice, Dick dedicated himself to helping those most in need. He was a founding member of the Mercy Health Clinic, a free and low-cost health center for the uninsured in Montgomery County, volunteered his medical services, and served on the Clinic’s Board of Trustees. Dick also developed a commitment to Haiti that would last the rest of his life. He led annual medical missions, raised money and secured medical equipment, established a medical library, and facilitated physician exchanges and training for Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Haiti.

A man of deep faith, Dick was a Knight of the Order of Malta Federal Association and volunteered as a physician on the yearly pilgrimages to Lourdes, France. He also served on the advisory board of the Joseph P. Kennedy Institute for the Developmentally Disabled. In 2014, he was the President of the Georgetown ROMEOs (Retired Old Medics Eating Out).

Visitation will be held Sunday December 17, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Parish Chapel at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20015. A funeral mass celebrating Dick’s life will be held at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Monday December 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM. A reception will immediately follow the mass. There will be a private family burial.

Donations in Dick’s memory can be made to the CRUDEM Foundation, which supports Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Haiti, at: CRUDEM Foundation, P.O. Box 804, Ludlow, MA 01056 or  

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