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LaMonica Memorial Home

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OBITUARY

Angelo J. Perna

September 15, 1931July 1, 2020

Angelo Perna passed away on July 1, 2020 at age 88 after a battle with lung cancer. He was born on September 15, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, where he lived for much of his life. Angelo served in the United States Army during the Korean War before he earned BS (’57) and MS (’62) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. He went on to earn his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1967. Dr. Perna joined the faculty of NJIT (then known as Newark College of Engineering) in 1967 where he was a dedicated professor and dean for over 50 years. Angelo was the author of over 110 publications and 120 presentations. He was the recipient of over 80 institutional, national, and international awards for teaching, research, and service. Dr. Perna also served as part of the design team for the Lunar Explorer (Moon Buggy).

Angelo is survived by his wife Pam, whom he met while working at NJIT. He is predeceased by his siblings Phyllis, Frank, Camilla (Millie), Vincent, Frank, John, and Rosemary. He was a proud uncle of 16 nieces and nephews, 20 great-nieces and nephews and 8 great-great nieces and nephews. Angelo will be remembered for his love of family and food and his commitment to education. A private service will be held at Lamonica Memorial Home followed by a private funeral mass at St. Raphael’s Church in Livingston.

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Entombment

    Monday, July 6, 2020

Memories

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Otis Shelton

July 24, 2020

Angie is a dear friend who will be missed. I worked with Angie on AIChE’s Admissions Committee at a time when the Institute was reviewing basic membership issues such as credentials, service, transparency, etc... Angie’s input was always given from his heart and love for the profession. Thanks to his commitment to excellence, we have made significant improvements. Angie offered encouragement to me, a young Black engineer, when AIChE began to increase its inclusiveness many years ago.
Otis Shelton
2014 AIChE President

Stan Proctor

July 19, 2020

I knew Angie for many years. ,all in conjunction with AIChE functions. Rest In Peace and may God be with his family. Stan

MICHAEL LAMURA

July 17, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting and having Dr. Perna as a teacher just over 1 year ago, in Fall of 2018. On most mornings he would walk into the classroom with more pep in his step than half of our class. He loved to tell us about his life, and about how our lives would be as young engineers. He could be hard as nails but it was never enough to hide the size of his heart, and the love he had for us students.
Within only a short amount of time, Dr. Perna helped me to receive an academic scholarship, prompted me to speak with the man who is now my boss today (and was also a student of his in decades prior), and inspired me to become an Engineer-in-Training in the state of NJ .
The positive energy that Dr. Perna placed into this world made an impact too vast to measure, and we will not soon forget him-
*Thank you Dr. Angelo Perna*

John Prados

July 16, 2020

I first met Angie when he was still a graduate student at Clemson, about 60 year ago. He was always a delight to be around -- never a dull meeting when Angie was present! A fine professional and a wonderful human being.
Rest in peace, Angie.

Peter Sibilski

July 16, 2020

One of my favorite teachers ever, with an infectious smile, always ready to tell you a story. A cheerleader for the students; one whose shoes will be difficult to fill; Angie Perna, was an asset to NJIT, an asset to AIChE, and a personal friend. You will be sorely missed.

Bill Byers

July 16, 2020

I always enjoyed seeing "Ange" at AIChE meetings. He was the "Big Wheel" for the AIChE Fellows during an important period of AIChE history. I will always remember his enthusiasm and his love of the profession and of its members. He unselfishly offered me encouragement and guidance at times when I needed one or the other. Knowing him has enriched my life. I will miss, but not forget, his smiling face and voice of encouragement. My sincere sympathy to his family. - Bill Byers, Past President (2004), AIChE.

Daniel King

July 15, 2020

No one was more iconic of a professor than Dr. Perna. He was NJIT’s Dumbledore and such an uplifting and cheerful spirit. I don’t think I’ve ever met a professor that could include bologna sandwiches in their teaching of distillation columns. My condolences go out to his family.

Jannina Gahagan (Alvarez)

July 8, 2020

Dr. Perna was like a father to me. I have no words. God has another Angel in Heaven.

Pritesh Darji

July 7, 2020

Dr Perna was finest human being and a great guide to the students. Prayers to the family! Rest in peace 🙏

Ara Barsamian

July 7, 2020

Dear Angie:

Your boundless enthusiasm, sage advice and smiling face will be sorely missed.

Rest in Peace!

FROM THE FAMILY