Preparing Boys for Life

Robert Perrott Jr. '51

Robert Sherman Perrott, Jr. of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away July 9, following complications after heart surgery. He was 88 years old. In his last days he was surrounded and lovingly cared for by his cherished wife Betsy, and his loving sons Andrew and Jeffrey.

Robert, ‘Sherman,’ ‘Bob,’ or ‘Whitey’ - as he was known to Lower Merion High School friends -  was born April 25, 1933 to Robert Sherman Perrott, Sr. and Mary Schenck Perrott. After completing a post-graduate year at the Haverford School, Robert matriculated to Williams College in 1951.  At his beloved Williams, he was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity and played soccer for four years, earning All-New England honors as a senior.

After his June 1955 graduation from Williams, he attended Navy Officer Candidate School, was commissioned Ensign in November, and eventually served on the USS Randolph, of the 6th fleet, from 1957 to 1958. His beloved daughter Kimberly was born in 1956 to his first wife Katherine Crawford.  They were divorced in 1959.

Robert met the love of his life Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Hagar in late 1961.  The lifelong, devoted partners were married on April 28, 1962. Son Jeffrey Hagar Perrott was born in 1966, and son Andrew Sherman Perrott was born in 1968.

‘Bob’ – as he was known to his business colleagues – started at Smith, Kline & French (SKF) Laboratories in Philadelphia in 1960, and in 1970 he was named Director of Materials Management in SKF’s Manufacturing Division. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of SKF subsidiary Krautkramer-Branson in 1972, and in 1977 became President of Krautkramer-Branson International, a global supplier of non-destructive testing instruments and systems.  Bob joined the Stackpole Corporation in Boston in 1983, holding executive positions in Stackpole’s Electronic and Carbon Divisions until his retirement in 1998.

In retirement, Robert and Betsy moved to Vero Beach, Florida, and summered in Manchester, Vermont, where golf, duplicate bridge, 3 mile walks, and spending time with friends and family became their happy routine.  Manchester also put them close to Robert’s beloved Williams College.  Always devoted to his Alma Mater, he threw himself into fundraising, class agency, and other volunteer work for the ‘Ephs’ – and almost never missed a home soccer or football game.

In 2008 he got a new nickname—‘Pop’—when his first granddaughter Coco was born to his son Jeffrey and his wife Alexandra Rousseau Perrott. Soon Coco and her two sisters Lili and Cici were giving Pop all he could handle, and in turn he showered them with endless love, tickles, games and trivia.

Robert was predeceased by his parents Robert and Mary, his daughter Kimberly, and his younger brother Joseph Schenck Perrott.

He is survived by his loving wife Betsy, his younger sister Sandra Perrott Drew, his devoted sons Jeff and Andy, his daughter-in-law Alexandra, and his three granddaughters Coco, Lili, and Cici.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Williams College Alumni Fund, in memory of Robert S. Perrott, Class of 1955.

Williams College Alumni Fund

75 Park St.

Williamstown, MA 01267