WHITTIER -- Hubert Perry, one of the early champions of PIH Health Hospital - Whittier and an all-around Whittier community advocate, died Feb. 20 of natural causes.
Perry was born June 11, 1913 in Whittier. A lifelong Whittier resident, he was a staunch supporter of PIH Health since before the hospital opened its doors. In 1955, he was a fundamental part of the grassroots effort to build Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital.
“Mr. Perry was a dedicated supporter of PIH Health and his efforts through the years have been integral to the success of this organization,” said James R. West, president and chief executive officer of PIH Health. “Mr. Perry’s warmth, leadership and generosity will be greatly missed.”
Perry was responsible for pioneering a financial policy that funded historical and replacement depreciation of hospital equipment. PIH Health was one of only a few hospitals at the time to implement such a policy.
Perry served on the Board of Directors for more than 40 years and as its chair from 1976 to 1984. He also served on the PIH Health Physicians Board. From 2011-2012, he served on the branding committee which oversaw the integration of the many PIH Health entities into one master brand.
Perry also served as Treasurer of the PIH Health Foundation Board from 1993-2013. In 2013 he became an Emeritus Foundation Director.
“Mr. Perry was a visionary – a true leader for his time,” said Jane Dicus, chair of PIH Health Board of Directors. “His legacy and the work he has done for this community will live on forever.”
On Nov. 11, 1994, the Hubert C. Perry Health Pavilion (main lobby) of PIH Health Hospital - Whittier was dedicated in his honor. Perry retired from Bank of America in 1974 as Regional Vice President in charge all of the branch offices in the greater Los Angeles area.
“Mr. Perry was a volunteer supporter of PIH Health for more than 60 years,” said Amy Fitzgerald, executive director of the PIH Health Foundation. “His commitment to the organization and to improving healthcare in our local area was unwavering. He truly lead by example and was a remarkable, dedicated leader in our community.”
Perry was preceded in death by his wife Louise who died on July 21, 2010. He is survived by his four children: Lee, Brian, Ellen, and Mark; his seven grandchildren: Chris, Josh, Lauren, David, Kyle, Mark, and Sabrina; and his three great-grandchildren: Caleb Carver, Andrew, and Rory.
A memorial will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at Whittier First Friends Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to to PIH Health Foundation in memory of Hubert Perry, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602-1006, or contact the PIH Health Foundation at (562) 698.0811, ext. 81520