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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - Why I Give: The Perper Foundation

Fall 2013

Why I Give: The Perper Foundation

By: Meghan Rossbach
Date: October 7, 2013

Portrait of William Perper
William S. Perper

Born in New York City on May 30, 1930, William S. Perper was a lifelong bachelor and sports enthusiast, who as a young man drove farm trucks in Connecticut, attempted cattle ranching in Texas, and was an avid skier in Vermont. In 1960, he founded the William S. Perper Company in New York City, dealing in stationery, office supplies, furniture and hardware.

Through a commitment to his faith community at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, Perper understood the potential for clergy and lay leaders to improve health and chronic disease management in vulnerable populations nationwide. Building healthy communities through medical and religious partnerships was an area of interest for Perper, who believed that people needed to become actively involved in their own health care and overall fitness for a better quality of life.

Twice a year, Perper would drive himself from New York City to Johns Hopkins Bayview for medical appointments. He often asked staff members to help him to appointments and act as advocates on his behalf. Over the years, Perper always expressed gratitude for the care and attention that was given to him as a patient. When he visited, he brought presents for the receptionists and nurses and asked about their families. It amazed everyone how he remembered everyone’s names and their children’s names.

The Perper Foundation has generously provided funding over five years for the William S. Perper Healthy Community Partnership National Symposium. This annual symposium is held alternately in Baltimore and New York, and honors William “Bill” Perper’s legacy of helping those less fortunate.

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