PERIN, Constance 82, a cultural anthropologist and an independent scholar at MIT since 1983, died Sunday March 18 at the Clark House in Westwood, MA, after a nearly year-long struggle with cancer. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, she soon moved to Brookline with her dentist father, Dr. Simon Perin, and homemaker mother, Lee Perin, and then to Cambridge, where she graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School, now Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. At the end of her life, she told her friend, the writer Elizabeth Benedict, that her mutli-faceted career was the result of "persistence and caring and not caring about money. I'm curious, and I follow my interests." The author of four books, including Shouldering Risks: The Culture of Control in the Nuclear Power Industry (2006; Princeton University Press), she earned A.B. and A.M. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from The American University. As an anthropologist, she specialized in the study of professional work, knowledge, and value systems and how their differences affects the ways specialists collaborate. As an independent scholar since 1967, she received Guggenheim, Fulbright and Ford Foundation fellowships, and two Rockefeller Foundation residences at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Most recently, she was awarded grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Program in Global Security and Sustainability, and the National Sciences Foundation. In the early 1990s, she became a member of a study group in the five-year MIT International Program on Enhanced Nuclear Power Plant Safety at the Sloan School of Management. In the 1980s, also at Sloan, she was on the staff of the "Management in the 1990s" research program. In recent years, she studied theatre-making as a collaborative process. Ms. Perin was an avid concert- and theater-goer, and spent many recent summers in Trenton, Maine, where she was an enthusiastic croquet player and supporter of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill. There are no immediate survivors, and there will not be a service For online guestbook George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781 235 4100

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Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 1, 2012