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PERRY, Charles Mereness Of Brookline, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Charles was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Henry and Marian Ballou Perry. He grew up in Cohasset, Massachusetts, graduating from Cohasset High School in 1965. He received a BA in history from Middlebury College and completed an M.A. in international affairs, an M.A. in international law and diplomacy, and a PhD in international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Charles spent his entire 40-year professional career at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was vice president and director of studies. He wrote extensively on a wide variety of national and international security issues, especially with regard to NATO affairs, European security, security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, the global arms trade, and nuclear proliferation trends. He was a generous colleague and mentor and touched the lives of generations of aspiring researchers in his field. Charles was a devoted, long-time member of King's Chapel in Boston and served the church in many capacities. A special place in his heart was reserved for the family compound at Moosehead Lake in Maine, where he found inspiration in its clear waters, the majestic mountains around the lake, and the loons that called the lake their home. All who knew Charles knew that his family was central to his life. He was an unfailingly proud and invested father who enjoyed countless hours coaching and attending his children's sports events and guiding them through their academic and professional pursuits. Among the many joys he shared with his family were his devotion to the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, his love for Bob Dylan, his gift for story-telling, and of course his infectious sense of humor and enjoyment of the company of others. He is survived by Adelaide Ketchum, his wife and partner of 29 years; his children, Nicholas of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Laura of New Orleans, Louisiana; Mark of Pacific Grove, California; and Nicholas' fiancee, Linnea Sandin, of Washington, D.C. He also leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Constance Perry of Orono, Maine, a number of nephews and nieces, and many dear friends across the globe from high school, college, and his wide-ranging career. A memorial service for Charles will be held at King's Chapel in Boston (corner of Tremont and School Sts) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 25. The family requests that in lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to King's Chapel in Boston or the Forest Society of Maine.
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 1, 2017
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