PERLMAN, David, administrator, educator, inventor, engineer, entrepreneur, mentor and raconteur, passed away February 8, 2013 in his home with his family. David was born September 30, 1940 to Ruth (Ingber) and Nate Perlman, who both predeceased him. Born in Saginaw, he spent his childhood in Ann Arbor, and his junior high and high school years in Tucson, AZ, graduating from Tucson High School in 1958. David returned to the Ann Arbor area in the early '60's to work at the family business, Diehl Wreckers, and attend the University of Michigan, where he eventually completed two degrees. Although David thought of Ann Arbor as his home, Tucson continued to hold a special place in his heart, and he returned regularly to visit family and friends. David's life was too brief, but he achieved much in a little over 72 years: a career as an administrator and innovator of non-traditional graduate degrees at the University of Michigan School of Public Health; an amateur designer of race cars and lifelong gear head; a champion of local folk music from the days of Mark's Coffee House and the Canterbury House through the The Ark; an active participant in local Democratic Party politics and campaigns; an inventor and partner in three biomedical device companies; a sharer of his time and energy as a board member for The Ark and Trichotillomania Learning Center; a beloved member of an extended and close-knit family. In addition to his polymath interests and skills David will be remembered for his warm smile, his generous nature, his endless supply of corny jokes, his bountiful collection of obscure but fascinating facts, a treasure trove of Tin Pan Alley songs, and his ability to quickly sketch out a technological diagram on any paper napkin that was handy. David will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. He leaves behind countless friends and extended family, including nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins. He will be especially missed by his adored and adoring sisters, Julie of Danville, CA, and Nancy (Tom Klingenstein) of New York, NY, and by his parents-in-law, Billy and Elisa Ann Frye of Clarkesville, GA and by his wife, Elisa Talitha Frye of Ann Arbor. David's passing leaves a particular hole in the life of his daughter, Hannah, with whom he shared his quirky sense of humor and philosophy of life. A Celebration of David's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at The Ark in Ann Arbor. Arrangements by GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME.
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