AUSTIN— Memorial services for Shirley Bird Perry, 74, were held Monday, May 9, 2011, in the Lyndon B. Johnson Library Auditorium in Austin.

Mrs. Perry was a native of Stockdale and her husband, Sam Perry, is a native of the Rockdale area.

Mrs. Perry, a senior vice president at the University of Texas at Austin who began her career with the university in 1958, died in her home Wednesday, May 4, following a long illness.

She was a member of the Vice Presidents’ Council and the University Leadership Council at the university, and had been a senior vice president since April 2004.

Previously, Mrs. Perry had been vice chancellor for development and external relations with the University of Texas System since 1992. In that position she directed fund- raising operations, public affairs activities, management of estates and trusts, event planning and other activities.

Before joining the staff of the University of Texas System, Mrs. Perry had been vice president for development and university relations at the University of Texas at Austin under Presidents Peter T. Flawn and William H. Cunningham. Earlier, Flawn had appointed her as assistant to the president and coordinator of the university centennial observance, which culminated in 1983. She was promoted to vice president and coordinator of centennial programs in 1981.

Mrs. Perry was director of the Texas Union from 1972 to 1976. She began at the Texas Union as program director in 1958.

Her service at the University of Texas at Austin was interrupted only twice since then. She was a teacher in California in 1959-60 and was with the Association of College Unions- International from 1976 to 1979.

Memorials may be made to the Shirley Bird Perry Endowment Fund for University History, http://giving.

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