Manuel Perry died May 14. He was 86.
Perry was born in Madison, Illinois to Verna Pauline and Charles McKinley Perry. He attended Ukiah High School. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After two years in the Army, he worked for NASA as a biochemist until he joined the Peace Corps as a teacher in Barbados. In 1967 he began working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as a research biochemist, eventually transitioning into management positions in employee relations and human resources. During this time, he obtained a master’s degree in public administration from California State University Hayward and in 1983 he obtained an additional master’s and a doctorate degree in public administration from University of Southern California. He retired from LLNL in 1993 as director of education programs.
He is survived by his wife Elaine, his daughter Christina Cavallaro, his sister Barbara Daniels and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends. He was predeceased by his mother and father and his brothers Charles Jr., Rubin and Harold.
Interment has taken place. A private family celebration of life is being planned.