BU mourns passing of former President Harold (Jack) Perkins

July 30, 2019

Dr. Harold (Jack) Perkins

The Brandon University community is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Harold (Jack) Perkins.

Dr. Perkins came to Brandon University in 1977 to serve as President, a position he held until 1983. Following his time as President, Dr. Perkins also served as a full professor in the Faculty of Education from 1986 through to his retirement in 1998.

During his time at Brandon University, Dr. Perkins was instrumental in creating the Brandon University Foundation — the charitable arm of BU that today stewards more than $65 million in endowments and other assets, and which has disbursed more than $55 million to Brandon University to support scholarship, research and the improvement of University facilities and activities. Together with his wife Mary Louise, Dr. Perkins also established a scholarship fund in the School of Music, and in 1999 he was awarded the Foundation’s Apex Award for his outstanding service.

On Friday, July 26, Dr. Perkins passed away peacefully at the age of 89.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral at 403–13th Street in Brandon. All are welcome to attend.

At the request of the family, gifts in memory of Dr. Perkins may be made to Brandon University Foundation by mail to 270–18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6A9, online at BrandonU.ca/Give, or by phone to 204-727-7374.

Brandon University has lowered the flag to half-mast in Dr. Perkins’ honour.