On Saturday, November 25th, we gathered in thanksgiving for the life of our longtime member and leader, Charles Perry. The service reflected both the enormous loss we all feel, and the gratitude shared by people around the globe for the gifts we received from him.
300 of us heard the beautiful words of four eulogists who reflected on his life from different perspectives. A college friend from Middlebury continued throughout his life to find Charles the safe place, with whom all joys, worries and needs could be shared freely. A work colleague, spoke powerfully of the impact Charles’ brilliant research and thoughtful analysis will have on international relations for decades to come. Another colleague shared the deep love Charles had for his wife Adelaide and children, Nick, Laura and Mark: how proud he was of all of them, how devoted to them, how his eyes lit up when he spoke their names, which he very often did. The fourth eulogist was Lee Glenn, our King’s Chapel member and former Junior Warden, who began her reflections with these words: “Charles was a man of faith, and a man faithful to the institutions which he loved, including King’s Chapel.”
Everyone spoke of Charles’ kindness, because at his core, that is who Charles was – a kind person, who by that kindness touched us. How much we learned from him! Finally, attached is also the prayer offered by our Minister Emeritus, Carl Scovel (click here). The Memorial Service program, which includes the hymns and poems chosen by Charles, is here.