From the Director
Mr. Bob Perry, Founder and CEO of Perry Homes, passed away in April of this year at the age of 80. Mr. Perry was a significant supporter of CMAS and a friend. Thus I wish to pay homage to his role in helping students earn a college degree, and I want to honor his friendship.
I met Mr. Perry in 1987. Raymond Palacios, a University of Houston graduate, was working as an accountant for Perry Homes, and I asked him if he would approach Mr. Perry about support for CMAS. Raymond later called and invited me to lunch with him and Mr. Perry. The meal was served in as small office adjacent to Mr. Perry's larger office. It was the beginning of a 25 year relationship. During the first meeting, I explained our mission and answered Mr. Perry's questions about the source of our funding. He agreed to help, and his only request was that his support go to students who had financial need. After that initial meeting, Mr. Perry and I would often meet. Sometimes we had lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel, but more often that not, we met in his office. During Christmas season, I would take the students to this office to meet him. On one such occasion a student from Colombia gave him a tiny cardboard house that her grandfather had made. Mr. Perry told her that it was a special gift and he would place it in the glass cabinet in his office. Every time I had the privilege of visiting his office, it was still there.
Tatcho Mindiola, Ph.D., Director