Long-time Whittier Supporter and PIH Health Champion, Hubert Perry, Dies - PIH Health

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Published on February 22, 2016

Long-time Whittier Supporter and PIH Health Champion, Hubert Perry, Dies

It is with a deep sense of loss and great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr. Hubert Perry, one of the early champions of PIH Health Whittier Hospital and an all-around Whittier community advocate. Mr. Perry died on February 20, 2016 of natural causes. Mr. Perry was born on June 11, 1913 in Whittier, California.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Perry family.

Lifelong Whittier resident and community supporter, Mr. Perry was a staunch supporter of PIH Health since before we opened our doors. Back in 1955, he was a fundamental part of the grassroots effort to build a new hospital (PIH Health Whittier Hospital, formerly Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital) that could better serve our community.

“Mr. Perry was a dedicated supporter of PIH Health and his efforts through the years have been integral to the success of this organization,” said James R. West, president and chief executive officer of PIH Health. “Mr. Perry’s warmth, leadership and generosity will be greatly missed.”

Mr. Perry was responsible for pioneering a financial policy that funded historical and replacement depreciation of hospital equipment. PIH Health was one of only a few hospitals at the time to implement such a policy. The benefits of the funded depreciation policy have helped fund PIH Health’s ever-expanding healthcare services and have helped the organization impact more lives.

Mr. Perry served on the Board of Directors for more than 40 years and as its Chair from 1976 to 1984.  He also served on the PIH Health Physicians Board. From 2011-2012, he served on the branding committee which oversaw the integration of the many PIH Health entities into one master brand. Mr. Perry also served as Treasurer of the PIH Health Foundation Board from 1993-2013. In 2013 he became an Emeritus Foundation Director.

“Mr. Perry was a visionary – a true leader for his time,” said Jane Dicus, Chair of PIH Health Board of Directors. “His legacy and the work he has done for this community will live on forever.”

On November 11, 1994, the Hubert C. Perry Health Pavilion (main lobby) of PIH Health Whittier Hospital was dedicated in his honor. Mr. Perry retired from Bank of America in 1974 as Regional Vice President in charge all of the branch offices in the greater Los Angeles area.

“Mr. Perry was a volunteer supporter of PIH Health for more than 60 years,” said Amy Fitzgerald, executive director of the PIH Health Foundation. “His commitment to the organization and to improving healthcare in our local area was unwavering. He truly lead by example and was a remarkable, dedicated leader in our community.”

Mr. Perry’s legacy and impact on the Whittier community is immeasurable and will certainly live on. He was preceded in death by his wife Louise who died on July 21, 2010. He is survived by his four children: Lee, Brian, Ellen, and Mark; his seven grandchildren: Chris, Josh, Lauren, David, Kyle, Mark, and Sabrina; and his three great-grandchildren: Caleb Carver, Andrew, and Rory.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 2 pm at Whittier First Friends Church, 13205 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90601; 562.698.9805.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested Mr. Perry’s work be supported through a donation to PIH Health Foundation at www.pihhealth.org/support as nothing would bring him more joy than to see PIH Health continue to thrive financially. Please direct donations to PIH Health Foundation in memory of Hubert Perry, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602-1006, or please contact the PIH Health Foundation at 562.698.0811 Ext. 81520.