Former Press-Gazette editor, columnist Tom Perry dies at 67

Thomas Frederick “Tom” Perry, a longtime journalist who spent seven years at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, died Saturday, Aug. 10, in Des Moines.

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Tom Perry

Perry was born July 9, 1952, in Bourne, Mass., to Manuel Nunes “Buck” Perry and Leona Bourque. He graduated from Taunton High School in 1970 and Bridgewater State College in 1974.

After college, Perry started his journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for the Groton News in Connecticut. His next two stops were the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin for nine years and the Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J., for 12 years.

During his time in New Jersey, Perry married his wife, Carol Hunter, who went on to serve as editor of the Press-Gazette and is now editor of the Des Moines Register.

Perry made his way to Wisconsin in 1997, taking a job at the Press-Gazette. During his seven years in Green Bay, Perry served as features editor and a local columnist. He went on to finish his 38-year career at the Des Moines Register, serving as state editor and features writer.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines, with a funeral service immediately following at 4 p.m.

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