2006-05-18 19:20:55 UTC
The Associated Press
John Holliday Perry Jr., a former publisher of The Palm Beach Post,
inventor and oceanic explorer, has died. He was 89.
Perry died Tuesday at a hospital in Gainesville, Ga., the Post
His family's company, Perry Publications, once owned the Post and the
Palm Beach Daily News. Among numerous accomplishments, Perry built
submarines and invented newspaper equipment.
His company, Energy Partners, worked to advance the development of
clean fuel for homes and vehicles using hydrogen.
President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to the U.S. Commission on Marine
Sciences, Engineering and Resources, which later led to the creation of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"What John wanted for the world and for the U.S., and what he worked
for, was a healthy economy, a world with renewable energy and no
dependence on fossil fuels," said his wife, Helena Perry. "He worked
for that his whole life."
Perry was born Jan. 2, 1917, in Seattle. His father, John H. Perry,
served as general counsel to the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain and the
forerunner of United Press International. The family moved to Tampa
after World War I and to Palm Beach in 1925.
In 1969, Perry sold his family's 27 newspapers for a reported $75
million to Cox Enterprises.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, three daughters and several