Capt. Fredrick Perrill, SC, USN, (Ret.) passed away on March 21, 2013. Born in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 11, 1939, he attended schools in Long Island, N.Y., and Riverside Military Academy before graduating from Rock Hill High School. After a year at the Citadel he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., graduating with the class of 1962 and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. His postgraduate education includes graduation from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and a master of science degree in management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
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Capt. Fredrick Perrill
Widely recognized for his work in logistics and financial management, he played a major role in the planning and development of integrated computer systems to manage an account for program funds throughout the Navy. Capt. Perrill served in senior level positions at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C., and as commanding officer of the Pacific Fleet Accounting Center in San Diego, Calif.
His service to his country also included assignments in finance and logistics management aboard six Navy ships, among them USS Biddle
(DDG-5), USS Hermitage
(LSD-34), and USS Concord
(AFS-5), and at the Naval Supply Depot Yokosuka, Japan.
After retiring from the Navy as a captain, he worked as a consultant and as an executive for several corporations in the U.S. and Canada. For a time he operated his own yacht delivery service as a USCG Master, bringing boats from Canada to Panama and living part time on his own sailboat in Mexico. Always interested in an active lifestyle, he enjoyed swimming, skiing the highest slopes, and running the San Diego Marathon. Wanting to learn something new, he studied for a degree in Naturopathy from Trinity College of Natural Health. Admiring azaleas, he turned his yards wherever he lived into beautiful springtime showplaces. His final retirement was to South Carolina, always with a dog or two in tow, spending time between his family's vacation spot on the Catawba River and his wife's family farm in Bethune where he voluntarily served as headmaster of the Bethune Charter School and cultivated his pine trees.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years; three brothers and two sisters and many members of his large, extended family.
The committal with military honors was held in his family's cemetery, the Miller Lowry Cemetery on Main Street in Jefferson, S.C.