MANCHESTER - L. Andre Perron's heart became stilled on April 22, 2012.
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Doctor Perron, in the late 60s, developed the first intensive care unit in the State of New Hampshire at the Old Sacred Heart Hospital on Hanover Street; it was the 50th in the country. He trained the first cadre of intensive care nurses in defibrillation of patients, many of whom went home; the saying in those days, "hearts too good to die." He implanted the first temporary and permanent pacemakers in the state. He eventually brought in the first cardiologist, the first pulmonary specialist and the first full-time salaried emergency room physicians to Manchester.
He developed the first non-invasive cardiac laboratory that included stress testing and echocardiography. He was chief of staff at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester and enjoyed a successful practice until his retirement. He spent his retirement years in Florida enjoying the company of his children and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Danielle, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his first son, Andre R. Perron, an attorney in Bradenton, Fla., his wife, Nancy Perron, D.D.S., and their two children, Jeremy and Jacqueline; his second son, Vincent D. Perron, M.D., associate chief medical officer at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and his wife, Kathleen Leber Perron, M.D., a dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Fla.; his third son, Carl Perron, a stockbroker with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; and his fourth son, Stephen L. Perron, employed by the Masaood Group, North America as director of operations and also living in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, Sarah Perron, M.S. and their child, Annabelle.
Dr. Perron was a graduate of Boston College High School, Boston College, Boston, (1954) and the University of Ottowa Medical School (1958).
SERVICES: Services will be private for the family.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209.
God Bless all of my surviving patients; I loved you all.
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 25, 2012