- approximately 1922-2011
- Perry, L. Tom, 1922-2015 (Creator, Person)
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3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)
Lowell Tom Perry, a senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born August 5, 1922, in Logan, Utah, to Leslie Perry and Elsie Nora Sonne Perry. From 1942–1944, L. Tom Perry served a Mormon mission to the Northern States Mission. Following his mission, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, he enrolled in Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He married Virginia Lee in 1947, and two years later, in 1949, he graduated from Utah State with a degree in Finance. Elder Perry and his wife Virginia had three children: Barbara, Linda Gay, and Lee Thomas.
From 1951 to 1953, L. Tom Perry worked as an auditor in Boise, Idaho, for the C.C. Anderson Company. From 1953 to 1962, he worked in Sacramento, California, as a controller for Broadway-Hale, Inc. From 1962 to 1966, he worked in New York as a controller for Associated Merchandising Corporation, and as vice president and secretary-treasurer of Aimcee Wholesale Corporation; and from 1966 to 1972, he worked in Boston, Massachusetts, as vice president of finance for the Lechmere Sales Corporation. While living in the Boston area, he also served as president of the Boston LDS Stake.
In 1972, L. Tom Perry was asked to serve as Assistant to the Council of Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in the spring of 1974, he was ordained to the office of Apostle in the Church. That same year, Elder Perry’s wife, Virginia Perry, died. In 1976, Elder Perry married Barbara Dayton. Most recently, in 2004, Elder Perry was asked by Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley, to serve as Area President of the Europe Central Area.
L. Tom Perry passed away on May 30, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Register of the L. Tom Perry papers
- John M. Murphy, curator, 20th Century Mormon Manuscripts
- Description rules
- Language of description
- 2015: Revised by John Murphy to add file and item descriptions.