In Memoriam: The Very Rev. Charles A. Perry

Posted on October 26, 2010
The Very Rev Charles A Perry was appointed Provost of the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul (the Washington National Cathedral) in 1978 by the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker. He had been executive officer of the Diocese of Washington for seven years prior to becoming provost, and continued to serve the diocese through 1981.
 
As provost he was responsible to the Bishop for all operations of the Cathedral: worship, program, and financial. The Cathedral was $10.5 million in debt at that time, and construction had been halted until the debt was repaid. Provost Perry oversaw both the successful campaign to eradicate the debt and the subsequent effort to complete the construction of the Cathedral and to raise the funds to do so.
 
After consecration of the completed Cathedral in September of 1990, Provost Perry became dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, from which he retired in 1995.
 
A 1950 graduate of Cornell University, Dean Perry worked for the Atomic Energy Commission before attending Virginia Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in 1961, he served parishes in Virginia, including Charlottesville, and another in Indiana before coming to the Diocese of Washington in 1971. The Perrys returned to Charlottesville after his retirement.