August 23, 1999
Perry was born November 19, 1913, in Rosebud, Arkansas, to Truman and Florence Williams. His family migrated west in a covered wagon when he was three. Portions of his childhood were spent in Oklahoma, Colorado, and California, finally settling in Washington. He graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle.
After serving in the Coast Guard on the Onandaga, he met and married Mary Evelyn Carey and settled in Fall City, where he worked as a postal carrier. In 1949, the couple moved to the Lakewood area of Seattle, where two sons were born and where he developed a lifelong fascination with Lake Washington's annual hydroplane racing.
In 1955, he moved his family to Bellingham, where he headed the AAA office for a time. He built and operated an electric heat company on Railroad Avenue and, finally, contracted the postal Star Route to Ferndale, Custer, Blaine, and Pt. Roberts until his retirement in 1973.
During his years with Boy Scouts of America, which began in 1957, Bellingham's Troop 6 became one of the most successful in several counties, winning nearly every competitive award. As its scoutmaster, Perry actively encouraged many boys, including his own sons, to attain the Eagle Scout rank.
He was an avid rockhound and a skilled lapidary and was a member of the East King County Rock Club. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping, and will be sorely missed around many a campfire where he was always ready with his Dobro guitar and a good yodel.
He was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 60 years, in January of this year. His survivors include his sons, Bill Williams and wife Sandie of Woodinville, and Dan Williams and wife Dorothy of Duvall, and grandchildren Wendie, BrieDanielle, and Chalon Williams.
After graduating from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, he studied at the University of California, and at Johns Hopkins University, and at the University of Buffalo, which awarded him the Ph.D. degree. He then taught at the U. of Oklahoma before accepting a full-time research position at the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.
Dr. Winter authored more than a hundred scientific papers, and lectured at international scientific meetings in the USA and abroad. He is the author of the widely-used Careers in the Biological Sciences. He was a member of several scientific societies, served as Chairman of the Gordon Research Conference in Medicinal Chemistry, and was awarded the Merck Directors Scientific Award.
After retirement, he was named Professor of Pharmacology at Womans Medical College in Philadelphia, then was called out of retirement to serve as Acting Director of Research in Laboratoires Chibret in France. After returning from France, he settled in the Seattle area, and received appointment as Consultant to the Department of Pharmacology, U. of Washington, and as Visiting Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of California Santa Barbara.
Dr. Winter and Janet Ferguson of Yankton, South Dakota, who died in 1980, were married for 52 years. He subsequently married Greta Wertzler, of Redmond, who survives him. Also surviving are three children, Donald, of Redlands, California, Susan Smith of Mercer Island, and Richard of Orono, Maine; stepdaughter Paula Siple of Pullman, Washington; eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service to be held Saturday, August 28, 1999, 11:00 a.m., Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland. Memorials may be made to Evergreen Hospice, 12822 124th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.