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obituaries

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Professor And Activist

r. Eugene Victor Perrin, M.D.,
a professor, activist and family
patriarch, died at age 84 in his
native Detroit on May 28, 2011.
Eugene's mother, Frances "Fannie"
Levin, and father, Emanuel Paperno,
migrated from Kharkov, Ukraine, in the
early 20th century. Eugene was born
March 7, 1927. His father, an engineer
and attorney, changed their surname to
Perrin in the 1930s.
Completing high school in 1944
at age 16, Eugene served in the U.S.
Army from 1944 to 1945, excelling in
Japanese language at Yale University.
He graduated from Wayne University in
1949, University of Michigan School of
Medicine in 1953 and was certified in
anatomic pathology following residencies
in Boston and NYC.
In pathology his roles were teach-
ing, service, research at University of
Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve and
Wayne State. There, he was professor
of pathology and adjunct professor of

anthropology. He pioneered research on
the placenta, published widely in pediat-
ric pathology and teratology and edited
books in placental pathology and ethics.
He was a founder of Society Pediatric
Pathology and a charter member of the
Teratology Society.
Though a WWII veteran, he was an
anti-war activist and local founder of
Physicians for Social Responsibility.
His other activities included the
International Physicians for Prevention
of Nuclear War (the recipients of the
Nobel Peace Prize 1985), Peace and
Conflict Studies at Wayne State, War
Resisters League and a medical educa-
tion mission to USSR 1980s.
He taught anthropology courses on
subjects of aggression, substance abuse
and alternative medicine. He was an envi-
ronmental activist and teacher in envi-
ronmental engineering, biology, medicine
and clinical genetics. He was a member
of the International Joint Commission,
Sierra Club, Audubon Society and East

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Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Dr. Perrin had a lifetime enjoyment of
music and piano, was a vocal performing
soloist and in the chorus and a director
of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society in
Cincinnati as well as being choir director
at First Unitarian Church in Detroit. He
guided his children's Jewish education
and family services, taught in synagogues
and Unitarian churches comparative
views on health, God, survival.
He was deeply loved by friends and
family, possessed of generosity, humor,
kindness and integrity, and earned
enduring respect from colleagues.
Dr. Perrin leaves his partner, Linda
L. Darga, and is also survived by his
loving children, Miriam (Douglas)
Perrin-Nickels, Daniel (Suzanne), Adam
(Alison) and Joshua (Cherine) Perrin;
first wife, Jane Perrin, M.D. He will also
be forever missed by his grandchildren,
Toria, Jessa, Benjamin, Rebecca, Gabriel
and Brody Perrin.
Contributions may be made to Wayne

State University Center for Peace and
Conflict Studies, Room 2320 F.A.B.,
656 W. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202; Peace
Action of Michigan, 195 W. Nine Mile,
Suite 202, Ferndale, MI 48220; Sierra
Club of Michigan (SEMG), 2301 Lincoln,
Birmingham, MI 48009; or ACLU Fund
of Michigan, 2966 Woodward, Detroit,
MI 48201. I I

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