June 6, 1938 - April 10, 2018
Dr. Morton Perle passed away peacefully April 10, 2018 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and daughter-in-law. He is also survived by his sister, Sue and brother-in-law, Jerry.
Morton received his B.M.E. degree from City College of New York and his Masters and Ph.D. in Materials Sciences from Lehigh University. He was a member of the American Society for Metals (ASM), American Institute for Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), American Welding Society (AWS), and the Society des Ingeniurs Soudeurs (SIS).
In his early career, he was head of the combustion and heat treatment department of Air Liquide's research and development laboratories in France. Later, he moved on to San Rafael as manager of gas applications at Liquid Air Inc., San Francisco, a national manufacturer of industrial gases. He was responsible for marketing, developing customer gas applications, training personnel, and coordination with research and development activities of the parent company, Air Liquide of France. He was transferred from Air Liquide, France to Wilmington, Delaware in collaboration with the Dupont Corporation for work in heat treatments and polymers. He retired in 1998 and relocated to Bend, Oregon where his real work began.
He explored the mountains, rivers, lakes, and Pacific West Coast. He became an outdoorsman and enjoyed every moment of a good hike, snowshoeing at Virginia Meisner, skiing, a climb up Three Sisters, and a drive to wherever he heard of the first sign of wildflowers about to bloom. When all was said and done he often queried, "How did I have time for work?" He attended Osher Life Long Learning classes in Bend, Oregon as well as Ashland, Oregon. He had a great appreciation for the arts, theater, and music. Most of all, he was a very curious man who enjoyed the challenge to learn from others. His Tuesday morning discussion group at the Senior Center invited more stimuli to his already inquisitive nature and he enjoyed the banter among the people who participated in issues and discussions. Our family will always remember his amazing curiosity, but those who knew him also realized he had such a dry sense of humor. He was a keen observer and loved Ashland, and would often watch or attend the city council meetings as he was a man of integrity and his curiosity led him to seek and understand how and why things were being done. He also attended a small men's group every other Monday at the Unitarian Church to discuss their personal issues, and he became a good friend to one in particular, but highly regarded each man.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Alexandra Sander, Dr. Susan Kohler at Hematology Oncology Associates in Medford, Oregon as well as Dr. Stephen Kornfeld, Mort's hematologist in Bend, Oregon. We were grateful for the years you provided to Morton and to us. In addition, a very heartfelt thank you to the staff in "Comfort Care," at Rogue Regional Medical Center. The level of care, compassion, and understanding was a helpful transition for Morton and the family. Morton did not wish to have a service and his family will celebrate his life in a private way somewhere in nature.