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Letter to the editor | Remarkable beyond athletics

Many voices — in the obituary of and in the accompanying article in the March 5 CDT — hailed Ellen Perry’s success in advancing the quality, recognition and scope of women’s athletics at Penn State.

They detailed the impact of this outstanding woman on state and national communities beyond the university. The quotes of those praising her contributions invariably ended with, “until her retirement in 2002,” emphasizing the unflagging span of her efforts to improve whatever public arena she found herself in.

But Perry’s generosity and service to the Centre County community did not end with her retirement.

In April 2005 she joined the Centre County stream monitoring chapter of Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps. For seven years, until her health failed, Perry, who died March 4, brightened the monthly meetings of this volunteer group with her humor, warmth and inner joy.

She pulled on waders and tested the stream water with the best of us. Her modesty was such that we did not know her’s sports-world stature until the CDT enlightened us.

We at PaSEC want to add our voices in praise of the monumental service given by this classy, competent woman.

Douglas Macneal, Rebersburg

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