UB Dean Emeritus Perry Receives Theodore Roosevelt Award

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: October 3, 1997

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- J. Warren Perry, Ph.D., founding dean of the School of Health Related Professions at the University at Buffalo, recently received the 1997 Theodore Roosevelt Award for Exemplary Citizenship and Service at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation’s anniversary luncheon.

The award is given annually to a person whose life and work exemplify the ideals of Theodore Roosevelt, including devotion to the community and unselfish leadership.

Perry also was honored by a declaration of J. Warren Perry Day by Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello.

In addition, Erie County Legislator Judith P. Fisher presented Perry with a resolution from the legislature honoring him for his contributions to the community.

A native of Richmond, Ind., Perry came to UB in 1966 as founding dean of the School of Health Related Professions. He stepped down as dean in 1978 to teach and conduct research as a faculty member in the school. Since his retirement from UB in 1987, he continues his association with the university as dean emeritus and professor emeritus of health behavioral sciences.

He received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award in 1977 and the Mayor of Buffalo's Distinguished Citizenship Award in 1995. In 1992, he was named the outstanding individual philanthropist of Western New York by the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives.

Perry's contributions to the community run the gamut from the arts to health, and include work with such agencies as the American Lung Association of Western New York, the American Red Cross, Coordinated Care, D'Youville College, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greater Buffalo Opera Co., Artpark and Company and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Site.

Perry is also listed in the latest edition of “Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care.”

He resides on the West Side of Buffalo.