Robert C. Perry
BS Mechanical Engineering, Missouri School of Mines, 1949
Missouri Mines Chapter, 1943
Wife: Betty (deceased)
Children: Deborah, Cynthia, Patrick, Sarah, Robin
In 1943 Robert entered the US Army Air Force, interrupting his engineering studies at the University of Missouri School of Mines at Rolla. As a Bombardier/Navigator on a B-25 double engine aircraft, First Lieutenant Bob Perry unknowingly became a member of “The Greatest Generation” in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. Following the war he returned to Missouri School of Mines to graduate with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949.
Robert had been associated with PPG Industries (formerly Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company) his entire life, as had his father, Clarence J. Perry, and his grandfather, Albert Perry. He joined PPG in 1949 at the firm’s glass plant in Crystal City, Missouri, his birthplace, and subsequently held various glass production management posts, including that of assistant plant manager at Cumberland, Maryland, and plant manager at Creighton, Pennsylvania. Mr. Perry joined the general office of PPG in Pittsburgh in 1963 as assistant director of automotive glass sales. He was named Vice President of the Flat Glass Division in 1977. In 1984 he was elected President of PPG Industries Europe and lived in Paris, France with his wife. He retired from PPG Industries after 39 years of service in 1988.
Member, Penn State University Advisory Board; Director, University of Missouri-Rolla Alumni Association; President, Allegheny Valley Hospital; Director, American Hospital in Paris; Director, Vernante Pennitalia (Genoa, Italy); Director- Boussois, S.A. (Paris, France)
Society of Automotive Engineers
Member, University of Missouri Rolla Athletic Hall of Fame; Alumni Achievement Award, University of Missouri Rolla