Remembering Raymond G. Perelman

Raymond Perelman (center) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the opening of the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University.

Below is a message from Drexel University President John Fry on the passing of philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman:

I am deeply saddened by the news that Raymond G. Perelman, a great friend to Drexel and benefactor to many Philadelphia causes, passed away on Monday. His legacy of extraordinary generosity stands as an inspiration to all of us.

Mr. Perelman’s lasting imprint on the Drexel campus is visible in two major projects — his leadership support for construction of the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life, and the transformation of the heart of our campus with the creation of the Raymond G. Perelman Plaza along the path of 32nd Street between Market and Chestnut Streets.

Looking beyond our campus, we know the enormous good Mr. Perelman and his late wife, Ruth, did for people, organizations and communities across our region literally changed the landscape of Philadelphia. Their support for academic medicine, the arts and the region’s cultural life will be an enduring legacy.

I am so grateful to have come to know Mr. Perelman as a friend and supporter of our University, thanks to a kind introduction from former College of Medicine trustee Sandra Schultz Newman ’59, HD ’01. As I told Mr. Perelman when the College of Medicine awarded him an honorary degree in 2012, I had great admiration for him.

For us at Drexel, and for so many people across our region, Raymond Perelman’s memory will always remain a blessing.


John Fry