Eleanore B. Perkins

Eleanore passed away on August 26, 2011, just two days shy of her 80th birthday, after a long and fulfilling life. She was born in 1931, in the Philippines, where her father was

stationed in the U.S. Army. A year later, the family moved to Northern California, where she spent most of her adult life. She and her husband, Ed, were married in 1966, and they

retired to Southern Oregon in 1998.

Eleanore was educated at Presentation High School, San Francisco, Calif.; she earned a bachelor of arts degree at

Dominican College (now Dominican University), a masters of art degree at University of California, and a doctor of ministry degree at Graduate Theological Foundation, with some studies at Oxford.

Eleanore's professional career focused mainly on editorial work, at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), Gulf South Research Institute, and Stanford University,

followed by a brief detour into education as principal of St. Gregory's elementary school in San Mateo, Calif., and finally as co-editor (with Ed) of Consumer Reports Travel Letter.

Until sidelined by illness, she was active in volunteer church work, most recently as Director of Religious Education at St. Denis Parish in Menlo Park. She also rose to a position of leadership in the organization of Lay Dominicans.

After moving to Ashland, Ore., Eleanore immediately

became involved with local American Association of University Women and League of Women Voters activities, where her intelligence, wit, leadership, and compassion quickly earned her a wide circle of great friends. Her great personal passions were politics, literature, opera, cooking, travel, and her long succession of standard poodles.

She is survived by her husband, Ed; niece, Carmel Windows, of Ashland; nephew, Thomas Savasta, of Lakehead, Calif.; and their families. Although she and Ed had no children of their own, they de-facto parented first Carmel, and later her son, Jacques Gene, for extended periods.

Eleanore was one of those rare people who brought out the best in anyone she touched. On learning of her death, as a former employee summed it up, The years we spent with her were the best years of our lives. That's a pretty good


A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2011, at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland, Ore.

Arrangements under the direction of Litwiller Simonsen

Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore.

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