Richard W Perkins Jr., 87, of Tully NY, passed away on March 18, 2020. Dick was born in Poughkeepsie in 1932 and has lived in Tully since 1972.
Dick graduated from Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie in 1950 and it was there that he met his wife of 65 years, Rachel Jayne Quinby. In 1954, he received an A.B. in economics from Dartmouth College, where he acted as president of the Dartmouth Outing Club. Dick served as a US Naval Gunnery Officer, LTJG, on the USS Wrangell AE-12 from 1954-1956.
In 1963, Dick received his Ph.D. from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. He went on to join the faculty at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering, and during his tenure held the position of Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Like his dad, Dick was an adventurer. From moving the family out of Eastwood to Otisco into an abandoned ski lodge with three walls and a leaky roof at the old Little Tuck ski hill (which he converted into a beautiful home) to spending a year in Poitiers, France with his family, he created a lifetime of incredible memories. The family continues the traditions he started, including annual trips to Tuckerman Ravine and paddling the Oswegatchie River. Dick and Rachel were active in the Tully Rotary, long-time drivers for Meals on Wheels, and raised Scotch Highland cattle and other sundry livestock.
Dick is predeceased by his parents, Richard W Perkins Sr. and Florence Dickerson Perkins.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rachel Quinby Perkins; sisters, Joan Ferguson and Jennifer Higgins (Leigh); children, Jeff (Peggy), Tim (Kathy), Dave (Deb), and Gini; and 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren who knew him affectionately as “Dickie”.
No services will be held, but donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Rotary Foundation
in his memory.
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