UGA Foundation trustee dies


Don Perry (ABJ ’74), a UGA Foundation trustee and member of the Georgia Magazine advisory board, died July 27 at his home in Lithonia, Ga.

Perry was vice president of public relations for Chick-fil-A, where he had worked since 1983, starting as the company’s first public relations professional and building its public relations division.

A graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a degree in public relations, Perry was a member of the Grady Board of Trust. He had served on the UGA Foundation board since 2005 and last year received the Blue Key Service Award from UGA’s Blue Key Honor Society. Perry also received the Grady College’s John Holliman Jr. Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement and was inducted into the Grady Fellowship, which was created in 2008 to recognize individuals whose lives and careers lend measurably to the college’s reputation.

Perry’s survivors include his wife Marilyn, their sons Brandon, Jason and Kristian, and grandson Alex.

The June 2012 issue of Georgia Magazine included a profile of Perry. It is available online at www.