Robert E. Perry was born on March 2, 1930 in Portland, Maine. He was educated at Chevrus High School before attending the University of Maine where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Fifth Year Certificate in Pulp and Paper Management in 1952.
Perry spent his entire industrial career with Scott Paper Company, starting as a summer employee at Chester, Pennsylvania. Following his university graduation, he became a trainee at Marinette, Wisconsin, soon moving to Oconto Falls as a Process Control Engineer. In 1956, Perry transferred to the Winslow, Maine mill as Pulp Mill Technical Services Manager. His career advanced with successive promotions to positions as Technical Director, Chief Engineer, and Mill Manager. In 1980, he became Manager of Services for the company’s recently acquired S. D. Warren Mill in Skowhegan, Maine.
Perry was a leader with the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation for more than a decade, first as Open House Committee chairman and since 1977, as Chairman of the Scholarship Committee. He was co-sponsor of the Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund and the Perry Family Scholarship Fund.
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