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1948 - 2021
PERLMUTTER, Steven P. Boston Attorney, dies at 72 Steven Philip Perlmutter, 72, passed away at his home in Lincoln, Massachusetts, on Monday morning, May 24, surrounded by his family and overlooking the beautiful pond that brought him peace and inspiration for 35 years. An aggressive cancer took his life quickly, and far too soon. Steven was raised in Newton, Massachusetts, by his loving parents, Irving and Leila Perlmutter, with his beloved departed sister, Ina. He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy, American University, and Northeastern School of Law. An accomplished lawyer, Steven practiced civil litigation for 38 years, serving as Chief of Litigation for the City of Boston, and Partner at Harrison & McGuire, subsequently Robinson & Cole. His career was defined by his passion for, and specialization in, voting rights. He was respected for his expertise regarding the effects of gerrymandering on American democracy. Steven prioritized time with his family and the role he cherished most in life was being a father. He loved traveling the world, sailing, hiking, and was an avid sports fan. He particularly loved basketball and coached his daughters when they were young, imparting to them his love of sports, among much else. He was the epitome of a lifelong learner, with a passion for history, and spent much of his retirement continuing to explore the true meaning of justice and social commitment through the courses he taught and took, the emails he exchanged with friends, and the countless books he read. He was a natural teacher, who approached conversation from a place of genuine interest. He engaged others where they were, and his caring, thoughtful and supportive nature put others at ease as he encouraged courageous debate and the exchange of ideas. Lovingly referred to as "The Big Guy", he was a giant among men, not only because of his impressive stature, but for the kindness, warmth, and generosity that informed his endeavors and defined his relationships. Steven's altruistic nature touched innumerable lives through his volunteer and philanthropic work focused on education, equality, immigration, public service, and continuing his family's tradition of support for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital. In his quiet way, he more than fulfilled the Jewish moral obligations of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Steven was an active participant in the civic life of Lincoln, where he felt deeply at home. He led a discussion series focused on justice at the Peace Barn, and served for the past eight years on the School Building Committee, advocating for the campus' trees and a green design. He cherished Lincoln's conservation philosophy, natural beauty, and the tuneful quiet found walking the trails. Steven's open heart connected easily and deeply with the beauty of the land. He raised his children hiking with friends in the White Mountains and sailing sunfish off the shores of Nantucket, where they enjoyed sunsets together while playing tic tac toe in the sand. The sun shone brightly and the springtime birds sang for Steven during the small graveside ceremony held on Tuesday, May 25th. He is survived by his wife Terry, and his daughters Emma and Eliza who will forever feel his love and presence. Donations in Steven's memory can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he was honored to be a Trustee for many years. Visiting Hours: An Open House Shiva in his memory will be held on Sunday, May 30th from 2-4 PM and Monday, May 31st from 1-4 PM at their family home in Lincoln.

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Published by Boston Globe from May 29 to May 30, 2021.
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