|Team:||Paul L. Maddock ’33 Award|
Gordon E. Perry ’55
Sport: Paul L. Maddock ’33 Award
Year Inducted: 2004
When Gordon Perry ’55 became the President of the Brown Sports Foundation in 1993, he ushered in an era of unprecedented fundraising success on behalf of Brown Athletics.
Perry held his position of President until the fall of 2002. During his tenure a number of notable accomplishments were attained. Annual giving increased from less than one million to more than $2.5 million each year, while the BUSF endowment more than doubled to $45 million.
“Gordon, along with Elizabeth Chace ’59, really took the BUSF to new heights,” said current BUSF President Ken O’Keefe ’76. “They both did a spectacular job at a time when Brown athletics needed a boost from its alumni.”
In 1987, Executive President of the Brown Sports Foundation Dave Zucconi ’55 recruited his former Brown classmate, Gordon Perry ’55, to be the President of the Brown Football Association, a position he retained for eight years. During the period of his presidency, the BFA’s annual giving increased nearly six-fold.
Perry is a past recipient of the BFA’s Joslin Award and the Brown Sports Foundation’s Distinguished Service and Jay Barry Awards. In addition, he was presented the Brown University Outstanding Leadership Award by President Vartan Gregorian in 1996 for his tireless efforts in the merger of the BUSF within the University.
Prior to becoming President of the BFA and BUSF, Perry served on the boards of the American Health Foundation, Scarsdale Hospital, and the President’s Advisory Group at both Manhattanville College and Pace University. He was also an elected member of the Westport, CT, Town Meeting.
Perry served two years as an officer in the U.S. Navy after receiving his degree from Brown in 1955. He then joined the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, where he stayed for the next 34 years. During his time with MONY, he served in a variety of capacities including Pension Sales Rep, Vice President for Pension, Executive Vice President and, at the time of his retirement in the mid 90’s, was Vice Chairman of the Company.
Perry’s late wife, Chris, was a loyal supporter of Brown Football. Each year, in her memory, the Community Service Award is presented to the varsity football player who is active in community service.
Perry’s two sons, Bill and Scott, both graduated from Brown and had notable football careers with the Bears, both being named All-Ivy selections.