Blue and Gold Spring | Summer 2021 Volume 2 • Issue 1 - Page 78

Robert Phillip Perry

Professor Emeritus Robert Phillip Perry , passed away December 18 . He was 87 . He taught computer science at Bluefield State from 1983-2003 .
Robert was born in Athens , WV , a 1951 graduate of Athens High School . He earned a B . S . degree in Education from Concord College in 1955 . In 1960 he added a Master ’ s degree in Education with majors in Mathematics and Physical Science from the University of Virginia .
According to his obituary on the Seaver Funeral Home website , Robert taught physics and math at Bluefield High School for seven years before becoming a Space Sciences Lecturer for NASA . He made numerous television and radio appearances for NASA before starting his teaching career at Bluefield State .
Among his other achievements , in 1972 Robert converted a “ King Midget Vehicle ” from gas- to electric-powered .
His wife Mildred Joan “ Joyce ” Surface Perry preceded him in death , as did a son Robert Lee Perry . He is survived by daughter Janette J . “ Joann ” Worrell of Princeton , six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren .