Edward J. Perkins

Jun 8, 1928 – Nov 7, 2020 (Age 92)


June 8, 1928
November 7, 2020


Edward J. Perkins was a diplomat who became the first Black U.S. ambassador to South Africa. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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Ambassador Perkins - my cousin. I am saddened to hear of his death. He was a wonderful cousin and was loved and greatly respected by our family. We formed a special relationship after I learned of how his grandmother and my great grandfather were related. He made sure that I have an autographed copy of his book, Mr. President. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

My deepest condolences to Mr Perkins' family. A Great man that will be surely missed. V. PRATHER

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Perkins Family for your beloved father Mr. Edward J. Perkins (U.S. Ambassador to South Africa) and friend. May the love and the special memory you shared with your dad show how your life was touched by him. May the God of all comfort who is the hearer of prayers be with you in your time of need with his loving kindness and peace as He strengthens you to cope during this difficult time. May family, friends and extended family cherish his memories.

The family has my sincere condolences for your loss. May peace and comfort follow you as you go through this difficult time.

My condolences. There are not many words at a time like this, but we can pour out our hearts to God, whom is a refuge for us. When anxieties overwhelmed us, God can comforted and soothed us.

In 1994 I spent a year in Australia on a Fulbright scholarship. One of the highlights of that trip was meeting Ambassador Perkins. He was gracious and kind and went out of his way to help me with my research on Aboriginal land rights. We stayed in touch over the years and I was fortunate to have a chance to meet his lovely wife when they came to San Francisco for an exhibition of paintings by Aboriginal artists.
I was very saddened to learn of his passing in the New York Times this...

A true pioneer, he will be greatly missed. RIP Sir Edward.

Ed was such a great friend and colleague of my late husband when they both were enrolled in the University of Southern California Washington Public Affairs Center, DC , as part of the school's first PhD doctoral class of students at that location. They remained in contact throughout the years as Ed's Ambassadorial assignments spanned the globe. Our family felt it was an honor to call Ed our friend. We have purchased a tree in his memory through McGuire Funeral Services.

I would like to say this to your family and friends. Today I heard that Mr. Perkins passed away. When I was young I remember Mr. perkins working for america In his chosen field. As a young woman, growing up in New Orlean Ia., I was so proud to see a person of color with this position in government. Now that he has passed on to a restfull sleep, "WELL DONE".