Peter Vernon Perkins

In Loving Memory of

Peter Vernon Perkins

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Peter Vernon Perkins, Colonel (retired), US Army, Medical Service Corps, of Gainesville, passed away at age 72 on May 27, 2019 in Alachua, Florida.

Peter Perkins, patriot, entomologist, academic, golfer, and lover-of-nature was born in Bangor, Maine to Louise and Raymond Perkins.  He went to Brewer High School, earned his Bachelor’s degree on a ROTC scholarship from the University of Maine in Orono, earned his Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Arizona, and earned his PhD in Entomology from the University of Florida.  He entered the US Army in the Medical Service Corps as a Second Lieutenant and deployed to Vietnam in 1971 where he earned a Bronze Star.  He continued to serve in the Army as an avid researcher with many publications, national presentations, and book chapters on tropical diseases such as Leishmaniasis and Malaria.  He rose to the rank of Colonel, serving in key positions to include the Medical Entomology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General and Executive Director of the Armed Force Pest Management Board, and retiring in 1995 with the Defense Superior Service Medal.

He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond, and his first spouse, Linda.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Venecia; his mother, Louise Perkins, his brother and sister, Gerald Perkins and Diane and Mickey Mallory; his sons and daughters-in-law, David (Whitney) Perkins, Jeremy (Kelly) Perkins; and his ten grandchildren, Linda, Cameron, Noah, Kira, Christopher, Seth, Christian, Lauren, Luke, and Elijah.  He will be lovingly remembered for his intelligence, kindness, humor, and encyclopedic knowledge of nature and everything crawling in and outside the house.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the North Florida Humane Society, 4205 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32609.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a future date.


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  1. Harold J. Harlan
    Harold J. Harlan at · Reply

    My sincere condolences to all of Pete’s family and friends. He and I served concurrently in the same unit in Vietnam. He was always professional as both a soldier and an Entomologist. He was a proud and very productive U. S. Citizen. He had a very significant influence on military Entomology as a researcher, a planner, a leader, and a mentor of younger soldiers of all ranks. I always considered him my dear friend and I will miss him a lot. May his passion and example comfort and sustain his loved ones through the years ahead.

  2. Clifford Myers
    Clifford Myers at · Reply

    I extend my sincere condolences to Pete’s family. He was a great mentor to me during our time together at the Armed Forces Pest Management Board. I remember his love of fishing and eating grapefruits at breakfast. He was an outstanding mentor to both chemists and entomologists in the DOD Pesticide Community..May his example and life sustain his family in the years ahead..

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