EastWest Institute Remembers the Life of Ross Perot

News | July 09, 2019

The EastWest Institute acknowledges the loss of Ross Perot, who passed this morning at age 89 surrounded by family members at his Dallas home, following a battle with leukemia.

His obituary remembers, "In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action.”

“Ross Perot, Sr. was a man of incredible integrity and vision, emblematic of a generation that always had the best interests of his country and community,” commented Dr. William J. Parker, CEO of the EastWest Institute. “Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the entire Perot family.”

Born June 27, 1930 during the throes of the Great Depression, Perot became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts at age 13, and received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1949, where he served as the president of his class and chairman of the Honor Committee. It was there he met his future wife Margot Birmingham, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage and five children.

A veteran of the Korean War, Perot went on to become an incredibly accomplished entrepreneur and humanitarian. He received numerous accolades for his contributions to the business and philanthropic worlds including, the Winston Churchill Award, presented by Prince Charles and Nancy Reagan; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for his commitment to national security; the Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Naval Academy; and the National Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He twice ran for President of the United States as a third-party candidate.  

He is survived by his wife, his five children and his 16 grandchildren. Perot’s son, Ross Perot, Jr., serves as Chairman of the Board at the EastWest Institute.