The Penn Medicine community mourns the loss of Philadelphia civic leader Ruth Caplan Perelman, who passed away Sunday, July 31, at the age of 90.
Ruth and her husband, Raymond, were partners in creating innovative and bold gifts that advanced the missions of Penn Medicine. In May, Ruth and Raymond made an historic gift creating a permanent endowment for the School of Medicine, which was renamed the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She and Ray were the driving force in creating a warm and inviting patient-centered experience in the state-of-the-art Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. In addition, Ruth and Raymond established the first endowed professorship devoted to an active, full-time clinician. They also hosted events on Penn Medicine’s behalf in Palm Beach.
“The Penn family and the City of Philadelphia have lost a gracious and wonderful benefactor,” said Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, former Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. “It has been a joy to know and work with Ruth over these many years, and I consider myself privileged to have been able to call her a friend. Her exceptional legacy of generosity will never be forgotten.”
Current Perelman School of Medicine Dean J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., said, “I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the Perelman family. Their extraordinary gift to the Perelman School of Medicine will make us a leader in improving health around the world, and I hope our efforts will be a fitting honor to Ruth’s memory.”
You can make a gift in honor of Ruth online or by check, made out to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and noting Ruth’s name on the memo line.
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