Marvin L. Perlmutter, an educator and lifelong Philadelphian who grew up in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city, died June 19 at Abington Memorial Hospital. He was 85 years old.
Perlmutter graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1944 and attended Drexel University as an electrical engineering student. He transferred to Temple University and went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He also completed his doctoral course work at Temple.
Perlmutter taught for five years in the School District of Philadelphia and for more than 35 years in the Abington School District.
During his retirement, he helped students at the Farrell School in Northeast Philadelphia.
As a 60-year member of the Kraus Pearlstein Lodge No. 8 of Brith Sholom, Perlmutter served on many committees, as well as holding positions in all of the executive offices. He was the financial secretary of the lodge for more than 30 years.
In his support of National Brith Sholom, he was among those who worked to establish Brith Sholom House, of which he was a board member. He received many awards from the Kraus Pearlstein Lodge and the National order.
For more than 25 years, he spent summers working at local day camps, especially Willow Grove Day Camp and later at Southampton Day Camp.
In 1939, Perlmutter's first Bar Mitzvah was at B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue at 33rd and Diamond Streets. In 2009, on his 83rd birthday, he observed a second Bar Mitzvah at Keneseth Israel synagogue with Rabbi Lance Sussman and Cantor Amy Levy.
He was a religious school teacher for more than 25 years at Temple Beth Torah and Keneseth Israel synagogues.
In 1993, after retiring from teaching, Perlmutter and another 1992 retiree formed an organization called R.E.A.D. (Retired Teachers Acting Decisively). The group's goal was obtaining benefits for school district employees who retired in 1992.
Working tirelessly, he gained the support of others across the state and his efforts secured additional retirement benefits for approximately 2,000 people. Gov. Casey had a bill signing ceremony for some of R.E.A.D.'s members.
Perlmutter is survived by his wife, Jeanne Perlmutter; daughter Marcy Klugman; son Jan Perlmutter; sister Barbara Lopatin; and five grandchildren.