Raymond Perry Jr., a Mobil Oil manager

Raymond H. Perry Jr.
Raymond H. Perry Jr.
Posted: May 07, 2014

In 2002, Collingswood Presbyterian Church "published a booklet describing all the stained glass windows in the church," Raymond H. Perry III said in an interview.

The 22-page work celebrated the "major effort by the church to raise enough money to replace windows that needed to be replaced," he said. "There are not that many churches that have as many" stained glass windows showing the story of Jesus.

Perry said his father "thought it should be memorialized," so after all the windows were replaced, Raymond H. Perry Jr. wrote the text and photographed them all for the pamphlet.

On Saturday, May 3, Mr. Perry, 88, of Marlton, who retired in 1987 as manager of fuels products research and automotive testing at the Paulsboro laboratory of Mobil Oil Co., died of congestive heart failure at Virtua Marlton Hospital.

Born in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Perry graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School there in 1943.

He earned a bachelor's degree in the accelerated V-12 program at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in 1945, which led to his service as a Navy officer.

Mr. Perry returned to Stevens to earn a master's in engineering and later a second master's in mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

He began his Mobil career in 1946 and, in the late 1960s, the firm sent him to Stanford University to attend its executive business program.

His career at Mobil required several trips to Japan, as well as visits to Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Italy.

On test tracks in France, his son said, he raced cars for Mobil, "and tested out the lubricants and the oil."

A fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, he was a board member and chairman of its fuel and lubricants activities committee and, in the mid-1960s, chairman of its Philadelphia/South Jersey section.

A member of Collingswood Presbyterian Church for 59 years, he was an elder for 30 years, chairman of its financial committee for more than 20 years, and a deacon for six years.

Besides his son, he is survived by another son, Roy; daughter Marilyn Jacobsen; and four grandchildren. His wife of 61 years, Barbara, died in 2010.

A viewing was set from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Collingswood Presbyterian Church, 30 Fern Ave., Collingswood, N.J. 08018, before a noon funeral service there.

Donations may be sent to the church at the above address.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.schatterfh.com.


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