George W. Perkins Jr.

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PERKINS--George W., Jr. died peacefully at his home in Park City, Utah on June 12, 2008. He was born in 1925 at Wave Hill, his grandparent's house in Riverdale, New York. The son of George W. Perkins, the first U.S. Ambassador to N.A.T.O, and Linn Merck Perkins, George grew up in New York City. He graduated from The Hill School early in 1942 so that he could join in the war effort. Because of an eye injury at age 11 he could not enter military service, but instead joined the American Field Service and drove ambulances in Burma throughout the war. He returned afterwards to graduate from the University of Maine in 1949 with a B.S. in Agriculture. In 1950 he married Nancy Foster, whom he met during college, and moved to Millbrook, New York where he raised a grand champion herd of Black Angus cattle until 1979. He was an avid traveler, exploring every continent, and was especially interested in Africa. His travel was curtailed during the last 20 years of his life as his health began to fail, but he never lost his good humor, optimism and love of life. In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by his daughter Jennifer Perkins Speers (and husband Randy), his sisters Penelope P. Wilson and Anne P. Cabot, seven nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by his son George III. The burial will be held on June 28th at 12:00 noon at Nine Partners Cemetery, Millbrook, New York. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Millbrook Fire Department and/or Rescue Squad. Services by Allen Funeral Home, Millbrook, NY.
Published in The New York Times from June 20 to June 22, 2008