Pioneering Spirit: Building the Foundation for the Future
A prolific and accomplished scholar, administrator, author and
lecturer, J. Warren Perry was founding dean of the University
at Buffalo School of Health Related Professions (now the School of
Public Health and Health Professions). He died Aug. 5, 2010, at age
Perry came to UB in 1966 to found the School of Health Related
Professions, a model for similar schools throughout the SUNY system
and was the first allied health professional ever elected to the
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in
1944 and completed a year of graduate school at Harvard University
before earning a Master of Arts degree in counseling and a PhD in
clinical psychology and college personnel studies from Northwestern
University in 1952 and 1955, respectively.
In 1980, Perry established the J. Warren Perry and Charles
Donald Perry Memorial Fund (named also for his brother Charles,
professor and chair of the Department of Classical Languages and
Literature at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa) to help
establish the Western New York Wellness Works Regional Resource
Center to assess, direct and research work-site health initiatives
with scientific rigor and community sensitivity.